Project Title

A Meta-Analysis of Age & Job Satisfaction

Presenter Hometown

Richmond

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Richard Osbaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

It is imperative to a business that job satisfaction is maximized so that, in turn, productivity increases. There are many factors that contribute to job satisfaction, one of the suspected factors being age. The present study suspected that as employees age, job satisfaction would decrease due to situational age-related factors such as burnout, age discrimination, and generational differences. We conducted a meta-analysis across 13 studies and calculated the weighted effect size for age and job satisfaction as well as the differences in sex, nationality, and industry. Surprisingly, we found that there was no effect of age on job satisfaction. From this information, we conclude that it is more beneficial for an organization to focus on factors other than age when trying to target ways to improve job satisfaction.

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A Meta-Analysis of Age & Job Satisfaction

It is imperative to a business that job satisfaction is maximized so that, in turn, productivity increases. There are many factors that contribute to job satisfaction, one of the suspected factors being age. The present study suspected that as employees age, job satisfaction would decrease due to situational age-related factors such as burnout, age discrimination, and generational differences. We conducted a meta-analysis across 13 studies and calculated the weighted effect size for age and job satisfaction as well as the differences in sex, nationality, and industry. Surprisingly, we found that there was no effect of age on job satisfaction. From this information, we conclude that it is more beneficial for an organization to focus on factors other than age when trying to target ways to improve job satisfaction.