- One is the reward perspective, the answer to the why question.
- The second is the perception perspective, the answer to the how question.
Cultural Variations for Job Satisfaction
Consider the following findings (Sousa-Poza and Sousa-Poza, 2000):
- Japanese workers report the third lowest job satisfaction levels
- Easter European former Soviet block countries (Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Czech Republic) were rock bottom in job satisfaction
- 10% of workers in USA were dissatisfied with their jobs
So, the link between job satisfaction and culture is very strong, but rather complicated.
We all need to figure the answer for ourselves. It would seem that some people are highly valued but in the end, no one is irreplaceable.
If you don’t care about your work, don’t expect that your work will care about you!
Buon lavoro as the Italians say!
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