Academic and practical interests in the factors that define, contribute, and influence job satisfaction continue to be of interest to researchers. However, despite having been studied for nearly a century, job satisfaction research continues to generate new questions and opportunities for investigation due to the complexities and individuality of this measure. In similar manner, both individual spirituality and emotional intelligence has also continued to evolve from seminal studies and theories to provide a context for continued interest and research, including possible relationships to job satisfaction. As research across all three areas of job satisfaction, spirituality, and emotional intelligence continued, exploration into the relationships that these three measures may possess has been explored on a limited and focused basis and reported in the literature. Based on the gap in the existing academic literature and the experience of the researcher working in the pharmaceutical and medical fields, the current study was conducted to explore the relationship between job satisfaction and both individual spirituality and emotional intelligence among managers in the US pharmaceutical and health care business sectors. The quantitative, correlational, survey-based study demonstrated a statistically significant correlational relationship between job satisfaction and individual spirituality, as well as job satisfaction and emotional intelligence. However, exploratory regression analyses using demographic variables collected from all study participants identified only gender as a factor contributing to the variability observed in job satisfaction measures. The findings from the current study provide evidence, in the population of US managers in the pharmaceutical and health care business sectors studied, that additional variables beyond those demographic data collected, contributed to a majority of the variability in job satisfaction scores. These findings provide support and a substrate for future research to investigate additional factors related to job satisfaction across multiple business sectors, both domestically, as well as globally.
|Subjects||Business administration; Management; Spirituality|
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