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The Relationship between Work Environment Factors and Job Satisfaction Among Rural Behavioral Health Professionals

The Relationship between Work Environment Factors and Job Satisfaction Among Rural Behavioral Health Professionals,Thomas J. DeStefano,Henry Clark,Tho

The Relationship between Work Environment Factors and Job Satisfaction Among Rural Behavioral Health Professionals   (Citations: 2)
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Savicki and Cooley (1987) investigated work environment factors associated with burnout in mental health professionals. Work environments associated with high burnout were those that required adherence to work through restriction of worker freedom and that deemphasized planning and efficiency. Higher levels of burnout were also associated with vague job expectations, extensive rules and regulations, and minimal support of new ideas and procedures. Conversely, low levels of burnout were associated with environments in which employees were dedicated to their work, co-worker relationships were encouraged, and supervisory relationships were supportive. A study by de Frias and Schaie (2001) found significant differences in perceived work environment based on age, gender, and occupation type. Employees aged 50-56 had the highest perceived autonomy, control, and innovation in the workplace. Men, in all occupation types but blue collar, tended to have a higher perception of the work environment. Lastly, employees in managerial positions had the highest perceived levels of autonomy, control, and innovation in the workplace.
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