Work values and its relationship to job satisfaction.
Work values represent a degree of importance, worth and desirability of the events that occur at work (Knoop, 1993), while job satisfaction represents the gratification of an individual’s needs and wants pertaining to the job. Work values and needs are important concepts that aids in the examination of an individual’s potential for job satisfaction (Drummond & Stoddard, 1991). The purpose of this research was to determine if there is a significant relationship between work values and job satisfaction. A quantitative study was used with a sample of 120 participants. The study consisted of three instruments, the job satisfaction questionnaire (OSI), the VSM 94 (The Values Survey Module), and the biographical information questionnaire. This study revealed that there is a significant relationship between the overall job satisfaction and the overall work values within the sample. Furthermore, there is a significant relationship between the work values dimension of uncertainty/avoidance and job satisfaction. There was no difference in work values and job satisfaction between genders. However, there were differences in work values between the various racial groups. Furthermore, there were differences in the work values dimension of masculinity between different age groups. Implications of these findings and differences in the relationship between constructs are discussed.