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Determinants of Job Satisfaction of Municipal Government Employees

Mark C. Ellickson and Kay Logsdon
State & Local Government Review
Vol. 33, No. 3 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 173-184
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4355292
Page Count: 12
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Determinants of Job Satisfaction of Municipal Government Employees
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Abstract

What variables explain variation in job satisfaction among municipal government employees? Using data from a recent survey of more than 1,200 full-time municipal employees, this article tests the relative influence of 11 environmental variables and 3 demographic factors on variation in job satisfaction among this group of employees. Regression analysis reveals that environmental factors such as promotional opportunities; satisfaction with pay, benefits, and performance appraisals; availability of equipment, resources, and training; workload; quality of supervisory relationships, and-most important of all-departmental esprit de corps are significantly (and positively) related to overall job satisfaction. In contrast, demographic variables are relatively poor predictors of job satisfaction. Over 50 percent of the variation in job satisfaction among municipal employees is explained using this model.

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