Job satisfaction is defined in the context of organizational behaviour as how strongly an individual enjoys their job in a positive manner or alternatively the negative feelings they have about their job. Job satisfaction is defined as contentment, or an emotional state that the person feels when some requirement of theirs is met in the workplace. Alternatively, when these requirements are not met then they tend to feel unsatisfied. Locke (1969) defines job satisfaction with respect to facets of job, the internal value system and finally relationship between individual perception and value system. Other researchers term satisfaction as an effective response (Cummings and Worley, 2014). Given this background context, this essay is written to assess the extreme dissatisfaction that I felt in a job situation, and applied three theories of motivation to understand why I was dissatisfied.
However, it still did contribute to my dissatisfaction, as I felt my management could have explained this state better. During recruitment, things were different. Potential recruits were given more freedom of opinion. I was asked for what I like about the place. I gave some feedback and suggestions. However, once I was an employee, it was as if my opinion was no longer required. However, it was a very busy season and I do understand that management was more occupied with handling many things.
Job satisfaction and dissatisfaction parameters in the workplace are based on context. I have written the essay by taking the position of being extremely dissatisfied in my part time work. I have made use of three theories to explain where my dissatisfaction stemmed from.
Using the Maslow’s helped me understand how I have both subjective and objective needs. Understanding my own needs and balancing them would help me be more satisfied. Herzberg showed me how my dissatisfaction arose from some expectations that I had on the management. There are many personal reasons as well as professional reasons for the people to continue in a job. These factors are not always simple and the management should take some initiative to fulfil them. Finally having a participative management according to the Z theory would have gone a long way to making me feel satisfied.