Individual Factors Impacting Worker Orientations and Perceptions in the Workplace: A Continued Examination of the Relationship between Individual-Level Religious, Racial/Ethnic, and Family Backgrounds with Worker Job Satisfaction

By Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Workers’ perceptions of their jobs and work environments are not only affected by societal level factors, but also shaped by individual-level cognitive cultural schemata. Among other individual-level characteristics, how do individual-level religious, racial/ethnic, and family backgrounds affect workers’ job satisfactions? Furthermore, Does the existing job/work literature satisfactorily consider these individual-level cultural backgrounds? Finally, how should future theoretical and empirical models take into account these individual-level factors? This article will address these questions and provide an overview of the historical and future directions of academic inquiry into individual factors (specifically religious, racial/ethnic, and family backgrounds) that impact worker job satisfaction.

Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Religion, Race/Ethnicity, Family Background

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.437-444. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.994KB).

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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