The relationship between the expressed meaning of work and job satisfaction in a group of school educators.
The study investigated the relationship between the expressed meaning and value of work and satisfaction of a group of school educators. The main objective of the current study was to explicate what teachers' express as making work meaningful, and what it is that gives them satisfaction as school teachers and also how that perception affects their performance. The relationship between the expressed meaning of work and job satisfaction will be dealt with, and in attempting to explain the concept of Job satisfaction, theories such as those by Herzberg and Maslow were employed to aid in answering the above mentioned questions. Some of the factors which have been identified in the literature and are seen as contributors of job satisfaction of teachers are motivation, workplace conditions, support from learners and their parents, job security as well as interpersonal relations and good social standing with other colleagues. While there may be no evidence to draw a causal relationship between pay, meaning of work and job satisfaction, pay has been widely studied in relation to job satisfaction. It is associated with achievement and recognition by one's peers, so the relationship between money and job satisfaction and pay satisfaction was explored in an attempt to find a correlation in that job and life satisfaction. The study was unable to find a concrete basis to conclude that teachers from one type of school were more satisfied than teachers from another type of school, based on the two types of schools studied in the research. It was also discovered using "The need- satisfaction in work scale", that white teachers seem to score higher on Independence, recognition and on economic and social security, but black teachers have scored higher on self-expression. Just like many other employees, teachers also desire decent salaries and benefits, suitable working conditions, recognition, and promotion opportunities and contrary to popular belief, the study found that many teachers are happy with their professional roles as teachers.