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The impact of working conditions and personality traits on the job satisfaction of media professionals


von Rimscha, M Bjørn (2015). The impact of working conditions and personality traits on the job satisfaction of media professionals. Media Industries, 2(2):17-41.

Abstract

This article uses the happy-productive worker thesis as starting point to assess the chances that a media system is performing well. Personality traits, work conditions and job satisfaction levels of individuals from different media occupations in Switzerland (N=259) were collected using standardized instruments from personnel psychology. Media workers more distanced from actual media production are more satisfied with their jobs than the working population, while those closer to production are less satisfied. A regression analysis identifies autonomy as most important driver of job satisfaction, suggesting that non-financial aspects of media performance could be enhanced by granting creative media workers more freedom.

Abstract

This article uses the happy-productive worker thesis as starting point to assess the chances that a media system is performing well. Personality traits, work conditions and job satisfaction levels of individuals from different media occupations in Switzerland (N=259) were collected using standardized instruments from personnel psychology. Media workers more distanced from actual media production are more satisfied with their jobs than the working population, while those closer to production are less satisfied. A regression analysis identifies autonomy as most important driver of job satisfaction, suggesting that non-financial aspects of media performance could be enhanced by granting creative media workers more freedom.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:27 Nov 2015 14:16
Last Modified:13 Apr 2016 07:04
Publisher:Media Industries Editorial Collective
ISSN:2373-9037
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.mediaindustriesjournal.org/index.php/mij/article/view/130

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