“Gendered” Perceptions: Job Satisfaction and Gender Differences in the Workplace

By Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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There is a large cross-disciplinary research literature on gender and work, and it continues to grow. An ongoing point of debate is how are work satisfaction perceptions likely to be “gendered”? What factors seem to lie behind these gendered perceptions? For example, how do gender-specific expectations and stereotypes, gender segregation in work and occupations, the gender wage gap, and, importantly, gender-based inequity in the work of social reproduction bear on gender differences in work satisfaction, according to the literature. This article will address these questions and provide an overview of the historical and future directions of academic inquiry into “gendered” differences in the workplace that drive worker job satisfaction.

Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Gender, Workplace

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.49-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.955KB).

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Assistant Professor of Business, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Lehi, Utah, USA

Jonathan H. Westover is an Assistant Professor of Business at Utah Valley University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. As a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Utah, his research interests combined Comparative International Sociology and Organizational Sociology. His ongoing research examines issues of global development, work-quality characteristics, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.


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