ERIC Number: ED029340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Satisfaction as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Abilities and Satisfactoriness.
Carlson, Robert E.; And Others
The "moderator variable" hypothesis states that the degree of correspondence between workers' abilities and the ability requirements of a job will correlate with job performance or satisfactoriness, with the degree of correlation varying with the satisfaction level. This hypothesis may be operationalized in two ways: (1) when workers are employed at one job, the ability requirements of the job become a constant across all subjects; consequently, ability level can be used as a predictor of satisfactoriness; and (2) when workers are employed at different jobs, measures of correspondence between each worker's abilities and the ability requirements of his job are used. Two studies, conducted to test both forms of the hypothesis, and using blue-collar and white-collar workers as subjects, measured the variables of satisfaction, satisfactoriness and ability. Results indicated support of both forms of the hypothesis. This has implications for further selection and placement research, as well as for increased understanding and improved managing of the behavior of individuals at work. (LS)
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.