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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
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MAFINI, Chengedzai. Tracking the employee satisfaction-life satisfaction binary: the case of South African academics. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2014, vol.40, n.2, pp.1-11. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: The study tests a conceptual framework that suggests a positive interplay between life satisfaction and five employee satisfaction dimensions, namely workplace flexibility, skills utilisation, teamwork, remuneration and autonomy. RESEARCH PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between employee satisfaction and life satisfaction amongst university academics in South Africa. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The studyoccupies the gap in literature focusing on the interaction between employee satisfaction and life satisfaction amongst South African university academics. RESEARCH DESIGN, APPROACH AND METHOD: A three-section survey questionnaire was administered to 273 academics recruited from three universities in Gauteng, South Africa. After a confirmatory factor analysis, hypotheses were tested using a combination of Kendall's tau correlation coefficient and regression analysis. MAIN FINDINGS: Correlation tests revealed strong positive relationships between life satisfaction and three factors: workplace flexibility, skills utilisation and autonomy. Regression analysis showed that workplace flexibility, skills utilisation and autonomy were statistically significant. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Research findings could expedite the generation of strategies for meeting the employment needs and expectations of university academics, thereby reducing the shortage of university academics in South Africa. CONTRIBUTIONS/VALUE-ADD: The conceptual framework proposed in this study is a useful tool for conceptualising the relationship between employee satisfaction and life satisfaction in the higher education environment

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