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Job satisfaction among senior managers and employees

Job satisfaction among senior managers and employees Using selected personal and job-related variables, the purpose of this paper is to analyse job satisfaction among public sector senior managers and employees and then compare both cohorts with private-sector managers and employees.Design/methodology/approachThe authors apply a General Linear Univariate Model with interactions that allows us to detect the influence of the independent variables based on the baseline reference value.FindingsResults indicate that public employees differ considerably from employees in the private sector, while public sector managers’ behaviour and preferences are very similar to those of private-sector managers.Research limitations/implicationsOne main conclusion is that the management function of senior managers is basically the same, whether they are in the public or private sectors, and, thus, private management techniques, such as new public management (NPM), can be applied to the public sector. The main shortcoming of the study is that a qualitative analysis does not allow us to observe the impact of ethical aspects that could guide value-oriented management.Practical implicationsDifficulties in management by public-sector managers may arise from public employees’ perceptions regarding the application of private management practices.Social implicationsHigh job-satisfaction ratings by public managers may indicate that, in spite of their lower wages compared to the private sector, there is no reason to conclude that a suboptimal staffing of public managers might occur that would jeopardise public services.Originality/valueThe authors are unaware of precedents that analyse differences between the public and private sectors in comparing employees and senior managers. Uniquely, the authors use a very large sample to draw conclusions. This paper can guide public senior managers who work in public administration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1012-8255
DOI
10.1108/arla-06-2016-0185
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Abstract

Using selected personal and job-related variables, the purpose of this paper is to analyse job satisfaction among public sector senior managers and employees and then compare both cohorts with private-sector managers and employees.Design/methodology/approachThe authors apply a General Linear Univariate Model with interactions that allows us to detect the influence of the independent variables based on the baseline reference value.FindingsResults indicate that public employees differ considerably from employees in the private sector, while public sector managers’ behaviour and preferences are very similar to those of private-sector managers.Research limitations/implicationsOne main conclusion is that the management function of senior managers is basically the same, whether they are in the public or private sectors, and, thus, private management techniques, such as new public management (NPM), can be applied to the public sector. The main shortcoming of the study is that a qualitative analysis does not allow us to observe the impact of ethical aspects that could guide value-oriented management.Practical implicationsDifficulties in management by public-sector managers may arise from public employees’ perceptions regarding the application of private management practices.Social implicationsHigh job-satisfaction ratings by public managers may indicate that, in spite of their lower wages compared to the private sector, there is no reason to conclude that a suboptimal staffing of public managers might occur that would jeopardise public services.Originality/valueThe authors are unaware of precedents that analyse differences between the public and private sectors in comparing employees and senior managers. Uniquely, the authors use a very large sample to draw conclusions. This paper can guide public senior managers who work in public administration.

Journal

Academia Revista Latinoamericana de AdministraciónEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 22, 2018

Keywords: Job satisfaction; Public policy; Personnel management; Labour management; Public sector labour markets; Satisfacción laboral; Políticas públicas; Gestión de personal; Directivos; Empleo público; J28; J45; J48; M12; M54

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