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Received September 2002 Revised January 2003 Accepted February 2003
Job satisfaction and employee performance of Lebanese banking staff
School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, and
´ Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Nestle
Keywords Banking, Job satisfaction, Lebanon, Employees, Performance Abstract This paper investigates the relationships between job satisfaction, individual job facets, socio-demographic variables and job performance in the Lebanese commercial banking sector. The sample consists of 202 employees from nine commercial banks. The results indicate that job satisfaction is not independent in all job facets and that satisfaction with one facet might lead to satisfaction with another. Female employees were found to be less satisﬁed with all facets except pay. Those with lower educational qualiﬁcations were least satisﬁed. Self-reported job performance was found to increase with tenure.
Journal of Managerial Psychology Vol. 18 No. 4, 2003 pp. 368-376 q MCB UP Limited 0268-3946 DOI 10.1108/02683940310473118
Introduction Job satisfaction is one criterion for establishing the health of an organisation; rendering effective services largely depends on the human source (Fitzgerald et al., 1994) and job satisfaction experienced by employees will affect the quality of service they render. The impact of other variables on efﬁciency, such as infrastructures and internal relationships, should also be recognised. Job satisfaction has been deﬁned as a positive emotional state resulting from the pleasure a worker derives from the job (Locke, 1976; Spector, 1997) and as the affective and cognitive attitudes held by an employee about various aspects of their work (Kalleberg, 1977; Mercer, 1997; Wright and Cropanzano, 1997; Wong et al., 1998); the later implying that satisfaction is related to the component facets rather than the whole job, which is consistent with Spector’s (1997) view. The research aim was to broaden the research agenda to the banking sector in general and to the Lebanon in particular. While there is limited research into job satisfaction in the Middle-East the focus is principally concerned with gender and limited to Kuwait (Metle, 1997, 2001), or to leadership and commitment in the United Arab Emirates (Yousef, 2000). Drawing on a sample of 202 employees from nine commercial banks in the Lebanon, the results of this research indicate that job satisfaction is not independent in all job facets and that satisfaction with one facet might lead to satisfaction with another.
(1992). although other variables such as employee involvement and organisational commitment may impact also. The results suggest the existence of relationships between demographic characteristics and job satisfaction. b). it is a signiﬁcant income-generator (Association of Banks in Lebanon. or that high performers are necessarily satisﬁed with their jobs (Euske et al. with reported net proﬁts of 513. By September 2000 there were 64 commercial banks working in the Lebanon. pay. Iaffaldano and Muchinsky. The relationship between job satisfaction and performance is still open to question. A number of studies indicate a weak link (Petty et al.. organisational characteristics and individual characteristics inﬂuences job satisfaction (Hoy and Miskel.Job satisfaction theory Situational theories assume that the interaction of variables such as task characteristics. 1980). with positive and negative relationships sometimes identiﬁed for the interactions between same variables.. By the end of 1999 the number of banking employees was 15. According to Quarstein et al.. or that high performers are satisﬁed with their jobs (Euske et al. The situational characteristics commonly proposed as key factors in job satisfaction are: the work itself. Method The target population was the non-managerial staff in the 33 Lebanese commercial private banks. 1997) suggest a potential relationship between satisfaction and performance. 1980). The cause and effect determinants are still unclear and it cannot be assumed that satisfaction leads to high performance. 1998. 2000a. approximately 1 per cent of the total employment in the Lebanon (Association of Banks in Lebanon. Clark and Oswald. Oshagbemi. 1969). drawn from the Annual Report for 1999-2000 (Association of Banks in Job satisfaction and employee performance 369 . 33 were Lebanese and nine foreign-owned. The individual evaluates the situational characteristics before commencement of employment (Quarstein et al. whereas situational occurrences are evaluated afterwards. 2000). and education (Clark. supervision and co-workers (Smith et al. 1993.4 billion Lebanese Lira. 1996).152. but the evidence tends to be mixed. There have been numerous studies into job satisfaction which explore the impact of demographic characteristics such as age. 1990.. 1985) while others (Caldwell and O’Reilly. it would be unwise to assume that high job satisfaction leads to high performance. Background to the research The banking industry in Lebanon is considered to be an important source of the country’s gross domestic product and. Spector. tenure. in the capital and the north and south regions.. Hickson and Oshagbemi. 1999. 1995. 1992). gender. overall satisfaction is a function of a combination of situational characteristics and situational occurrences. 2000). 1984. promotion.
As the JDI has been criticised for being limited to ﬁve facets and that particular items might not apply to all employee groups (Buffum and Konick. 2000). which were measured on a seven-point scale with dissatisﬁed (1) to very satisﬁed (7) anchors. marital status. Of the 33 banks. Response Yes to a positive item No to negative item ? to any item Yes to a negative item No to a positive item Source: Smith et al. The original ﬁve facets weighting is displayed in Table I.56 and a SD of 30. conducted with ten non-managerial employees from one of the banks surveyed in Beirut. 1995). p. 4 ¼ among the upper 30 per cent. A pilot study. Analysis of the pilot study data produced an estimate of the population mean of 147. gender. rank and length of service. 1969). The questions were adopted from Yousef (2000).. . . a reliable facet measure over time (Kinicki et al. applicable across a variety of demographic groups (Golembiewski and Yeager.51. indicated that the variation of response was not very high. as it appeared to bore objective than Yousef’s own seven-point (“very high” to “very low”) scale: . 1 ¼ among the lower 50 per cent. Section three contained socio-demographic questions related to characteristics such as age. 5 ¼ among the upper 20 per cent. 3 ¼ among the upper 40 per cent. the instrument was extended by two additional facets: fringe beneﬁts and working conditions. which had been used successfully in a Middle-Eastern culture. 65) seven-point scale. .4 370 Lebanon. 11 were selected by stratiﬁed random sampling by region with a roughly proportionate response being achieved. . Section two contained four self-evaluation questions regarding the respondent’s own performance and productivity. education. The data were collected by questionnaire. 6 ¼ among the upper 10 per cent. . Section one concerned job satisfaction and was based on the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) (Smith et al. 7¼ among the upper 5 per cent. as well as their own performance compared with their colleagues. (1969) Revised weighting 3 3 1 0 0 Table I.JMP 18. 2002). 1982). Direct scoring of the JDI items .. . Jung et al.. 1986) and reliable when translated into Arabic (Mughrabi and Johnson. 1978. 2 ¼ among the upper 50 per cent. The responses were measured using Baruch’s (1996.
81 for self performance being generated (Table III).25) and quality of supervision (M ¼ 2.6 18.24). 25 25-34 35-44 . 202 (usable) were returned. and 5 per cent were aged 44 and above.8 16.7 26. promotion. The results show that respondents were most satisﬁed with co-workers (M ¼ 2.8 per cent hold a masters degree.8 9. with scores of 0. Five new measures of job satisfaction (work. supervision and co-workers) were constructed by taking the mean of the respective items.8 per cent were female.4 5.90 for satisfaction and 0.4 per cent) had worked for less than ﬁve years in their present bank.5 Job satisfaction and employee performance 371 Table II.08).5 per cent) of the respondents were in the 25 to 34 age range.44) and pay (M ¼ 1. 21 Note: n ¼ 202 Frequency 67 135 34 20 32 76 38 2 30 108 53 10 118 43 32 9 Per cent 33. while only 4.5 per cent had more than 21 years of service. of which 66.8 1. The majority (58. The relationship between all the facets Characteristic Gender Male Female Education School Certiﬁcate Certiﬁcate Diploma Bachelor Degree Master Degree PhD Age (years) .8 37.0 14. Overall job performance was constructed by taking the mean of the four respective items. The overall job satisfaction score was M ¼ 1. The internal reliability of the items was tested using Cronbach’s alpha. Results Of the 370 questionnaires distributed.6 per cent of the respondents hold a bachelor degree and 18. 44 Length of service (years) 0-5 6-10 11-20 . promotion (M ¼ 1. a response rate of 55 per cent.8 4.3 15. The main characteristics of the sample .4 21.77). More than half (53. Around 37.80).9 15. but less satisﬁed with the work itself (M ¼ 1.9 53.2 66. pay.0 58. The overall job satisfaction measure was then constructed from the mean of these ﬁve dimensions.There were 202 respondents in the study (Table II).
4 372 was found to be signiﬁcant. Respondents with a school certiﬁcate reported the lowest levels of overall job satisfaction and the highest job satisfaction levels were reported from those with a college certiﬁcate. MR ¼ 1. a Mann-Whitney U test was performed to test the relationship between gender and job satisfaction with each facet.58). The mean ranks for each facet were co-workers.71. supervision.80 Table III. Internal reliability of the job satisfaction facets Work Pay Promotion Supervision Co-workers . As far as the relationship between job satisfaction and socio-demographic characteristics. MR ¼ 3. and pay. The data were also subjected to a non-parametric Friedman test. the results of a one-way ANOVA indicate that overall job satisfaction is slightly related to the age of the employee.JMP 18.93 0. but not statistically signiﬁcant at the 0. but that overall job satisfaction level is lowest for workers with 11 to 20 years tenure and it slightly increases thereafter. but is not statistically signiﬁcant at the 0.094). Although the results indicated a relationship. work itself.0001) at the 0.78 0. The results show little variation between overall job satisfaction and respondents’ tenure. As the two gender groups were not normally distributed. MR ¼ 2. The results of a one-way ANOVA show that overall job satisfaction is slightly related to tenure. The results indicate that males are more satisﬁed than females with the facets of the work itself. While the results indicate some differences in satisfaction with the different facets these are not statistically signiﬁcant. 0. The results (Table IV) indicate signiﬁcantly higher satisfaction among females for pay and signiﬁcantly higher satisfaction among males for supervision.05 level suggests the satisfaction was not independent in the individual job facets.05 level ( p ¼ 0.94. MR ¼ 2. Those with less than ﬁve years are least satisﬁed with pay and promotion. MR ¼ 3. When the individual job satisfaction facets and age. the mean job satisfaction score in each facet was plotted against the different age groups.67 0.95. Subscale Coefﬁcient alpha 0. indicating the respondents’ job satisfaction is not related to an individual facet. it is not statistically signiﬁcant ( p ¼ 0.25). The relationship between overall job satisfaction and education was tested by way of a one-way ANOVA. the results indicate a weak relationship between age and facets of job satisfaction. Further analysis indicates that respondents with less than ﬁve years tenure are highly satisﬁed with co-workers and supervision followed by the work itself.89 0.41. promotion and co-workers.05 level ( p ¼ 0. The signiﬁcance (sig. promotion. but these are not statistically signiﬁcant.99.
08 Pay 3.00 2 0.49 7.84 107. 44 years group. The score was lower in the 35-44 years group and considerably higher in the . and overall. the results show that self-reported performance increases linearly with tenure.741.00 13.50 109.364.333.50 14.29 7.38 99.837 2 2.345 Job satisfaction and employee performance 373 Work Mann-Whitney U Mean rank Male Female Sum of ranks Male Female Z Sig. possibly because they value more the opportunities for self-expression and to inﬂuence important decisions. The results of the Spearman rank order correlation test indicate there is no signiﬁcant relationship between job satisfaction and job performance (r ¼ 2 0.60). Overall job Promotion Supervision Co-workers satisfaction 3.00 107.195.003 2 1.01.459 0. the score was higher in the 25– 34 group than in the . followed jointly by own performance compared to colleagues and quality of own performance (M ¼ 4.50 110. p ¼ 0.50 6. The highest score was for productivity (M ¼ 4.080 0. 21 years group.483. However. these results may be skewed by the self-evaluation method with self-ratings are being inﬂated and colleagues performance under-rated.50 13.50 113.90).945 0. As far as the relationship between tenure and mean job performance is concerned.612. The relationship between gender and overall job satisfaction (Mann-Whitney U test) .50 13.50 7.019. The overall performance mean was 4.32 7.56 97.00 3.19).65). in each of the four performance measures.01 98. The self-reported performance of males is higher in all facets of job performance than that of females.153.51. male employees are signiﬁcantly more satisﬁed with supervision than their female counterparts. The respondents’ rating of their colleagues’ performance attracted the lowest score (M ¼ 4.555 0. the only exception being the respondents own performance rating which increases linearly up to the 11-20 years group then declines for the .958.76 7.045 0.170.138. On the other hand.145 4.375.92 97.50 106. 25 years. (two tailed) 4.50 2 1.62 95.50 13. The self-reported scores for each of the four measures were on the higher side of the seven-point scale.890.The third area of investigation was the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance.50 2 0.50 2 2. Discussion and conclusions Female employees were found to be signiﬁcantly more satisﬁed with pay than their male counterparts. this seems to conﬁrm the argument by Spector (1997) that women expect less from work and so they are satisﬁed with less.127.50 89.403 0.915.037 3.710.50 12.120 Table IV. Further analysis of the data revealed that self-reported performance is related to age.407.095.
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