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J Occup Health year 1998 volume 40 number 4 page 285 - 292
Classification Original
Title Work versus Non-Work Predictors of Job Satisfaction among Japanese White-Collar Workers
Author Akihito HAGIHARA1, Kimio TARUMI2, Akira BABAZONO3, Koichi NOBUTOMO1 and Kanehisa MORIMOTO2
Organization 1Department of Health Services Management and Policy, Kyushu University Graduate School of Medicine,
2Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Osaka University and
3Kyushu University, Institute of Health Science
Keywords Job satisfaction, Work factor, Non-work factor, White-collar workers
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Abstract Work versus Non-work Predictors of Job Satisfaction among Japanese White-collar Workers: Akihito HAGIHARA, et al. Department of Health Services Management and Policy, Kyushu University Graduate School of Medicine-In the present study, we conducted a cross-sectional study of male white-collar workers in Japan, and evaluated the relative importance of work and non-work factors in deciding the level of subject's job satisfaction. Survey data collected from white-collar workers at a large steel company in Osaka, Japan were analyzed. The results show that work factors play a more important role in predicting the subject's work satisfaction than do non-work factors. The majority of significant predictors of job satisfaction were related to company controlled working conditions rather than variables under the direct control of the individual. The results imply that the level of job satisfaction among the workers can be more effectively improved through the implementation of some basic policies by the company than through efforts of the workers.