PSY 034 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Social Learning Theory, Genetic Predisposition, Job Satisfaction

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27 Jul 2016
Lecture 4 – Employee Satisfaction and Commitment
Why Care?
Job satisfaction
Organizational commitment
Both are correlated
Result in similar employee behavior
What Affects Job Satisfaction?
Individual differences
Predisposition to be satisfied
Important Findings
Consistency across jobs
Consistency across time
Relationship between life satisfaction and job satisfaction
Genetic predisposition – genetics play a 30% role, regardless the environment
Personality variables
Emotional stability
Self esteem – a feeling about yourself
Internal focus of control – I could have done better
Optimism/positive affectivity
Other factors
Culture – some countries are just happier and more satisfied
Intelligence – if you're overqualified you don't feel motivated
Predisposition To Be Satisfied
Life Satisfaction Measure
Core self-evaluation
Locus of control
Job Satisfaction History if you were satisfied before in the past, you’re more likely
to be satisfied
Types of Organizational Commitment
Affective commitment you want to be with that company, you like the job, your
coworkers and supervisors
Continuance commitment - you need to be with the company, you already worked
there for 10 years investing yourself in the company
Normative commitment – you feel obligated to be there, ex: the company sends you to
grad school and now you have to work there forever and ever and ever
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