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ERIC Number: ED173885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Leadership and Employee Attitudes: A Study in a Television Setting.
Savage, Arthur L., Jr.; And Others
Five hundred two employees of 20 television stations (47% response rate) completed a 90-item questionnaire in a study designed to determine their level of job satisfaction as well as the extent to which their perceptions of organizational and interpersonal relationships were similar to those reported in previous studies by employees of other commercial enterprises. The job satisfaction variables examined were task simplicity, instrumental and supportive leader behavior, need for achievement and for autonomy, satisfaction with work and with supervisor, and beliefs about the effect of degree of effort on quality of performance and attainment of rewards. Analysis of the data indicated that the employees' job-related attitudes were not notably different from those of persons employed in other enterprises, that persons who perceived their jobs as relatively simple had generally low levels of job satisfaction, that those subordinates whose leaders were perceived to be friendly and supportive were significantly more satisfied with their jobs and supervisors than those whose leaders were not so perceived, and that employees with a high need for achievement were relatively satisfied with their work. The study provides a basis for the inference that improved management techniques that have created more positive employee attitudes in other areas might have the same result in television stations, providing a possible solution to the currently high turnover rate among television station employees. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-14, 1979)