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Title

Gender Differences In The Measurement Of Pharmacists' Job Satisfaction

ISBN or ISSN

1478-4491

Location

United Kingdom

Publication Title

Human Resources for Health

Volume

16

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

7-31-2018

First Page

33

Last Page

33

Publisher

BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI Number

10.1186/s12960-018-0297-5

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Men and women choose different levels of commitment in their careers and at home. Compared to men, women value the significance of tasks performed and social relations more and earnings less. The objective of this study was to explore whether male and female pharmacists show the same levels of satisfaction overall and with key facets of their job, whether overall satisfaction is associated with satisfaction with 12 key facets of pharmacists' jobs, and whether this association is similar for men and women.

METHODS: The study used self-reported survey data collected from a random sample of licensed pharmacists practicing throughout the United States. The sample consisted of 436 males and 300 females. Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated to assess the association between overall job satisfaction and its key components. The 13 job satisfaction indices and the Pearson correlation coefficient values were compared by gender.

RESULTS: Women were consistently more satisfied than men. Variations in overall job satisfaction were at best accompanied by moderate variations in the 12 job satisfaction facets, raising concerns about the validity of configuring a composite index from multiple indices of satisfaction.

CONCLUSION: The results of this study can be used by healthcare managers and policymakers to facilitate communication, enhance teamwork, and promote a better allocation of scarce resources. Since men and women responded differently to various facets of their jobs, a constant set of rewards and stimulants may not be equally effective for both genders as employers transform the workplace to more adequately meet practitioners' needs and increase their productivity.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Keywords

adult, aged, attitude of health personnel, employment, female, gender identity, humans, interpersonal relations, job satisfaction, male, middle aged, occupational stress, pharmacists, salaries and fringe benefits, sex factors, surveys and questionnaires, United States

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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