ERIC Number: ED154133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of the Relationship of Job Satisfaction to Work Values in the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.
Whaples, Gene C.; Milliken, W. James
Two hundred seventy-two faculty members of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service were surveyed to determine their work values and explore possible relationships between work values and job satisfaction. The survey instruments used were Values for Working and County Extension Agents' Job Satisfaction Inventory. The results, based on 262 responses, are as follows: there were differences in values system orientation and level of job satisfaction among Maryland Extension faculty; there was a relationship between work values and job satisfaction; eight factors contributing to variance in job satisfaction among the faculty were identified (achievement, supervision, salary, reporting, responsibility, advancement, recognition, and working conditions); faculty work values (based on the theoretical framework of Hughes and Flowers) were found to be highest in the existential value orientation followed by sociocentric, manipulative, conformist, tribalistic, and egocentric; a significant relationship exists between the egocentric values system and job satisfaction; and, finally, research findings of Hughes and Flowers which showed that disparity in values system orientation between management and employees will lead to lower job satisfaction were supported. (This report contains thirty-three data analysis tables. The survey questionnaires are appended.) (EM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Agricultural Experiment Station.