Hi everyone, I have returned from successfully presenting on the Peer Provider Stress Survey at the Society for Social Work Research, and now I am back to work on the study! This post discusses findings on work-related satisfaction experienced by people who completed the survey.
If you are new to this blog, please read this post about preliminary results before continuing. Thank you!
As part of the Peer Provider Stress Survey, participants answered a lengthy questionnaire called the Measure of Job Satisfaction, or MJS. This questionnaire was originally developed by researchers studying another group of helping professionals--nurses. I chose the MJS for this study because it looks at multiple dimensions of job satisfaction. This is important because when we think about our work, there may be some aspects we're thrilled with, while others may not be so great. I wanted to have a better understanding of that level of detail for peer support providers.
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The MJS measures seven dimensions of job satisfaction:
The questionnaire has 44 questions related to these dimensions, and each of them are rated on a scale from 1 ("very dissatisfied") to 5 ("very satisfied"), with a score of 3 meaning "neither satisfied nor dissatisfied."
As seen in the next chart, when the results were tallied by type of job satisfaction, it appears that survey respondents scored the highest on items related to personal satisfaction with their work, and the lowest satisfaction with their pay. On average, satisfaction with pay was a point lower than personal satisfaction.
When taken together as a total, the average score on these items was 3.77, which suggests that overall, peer support providers' job satisfaction is tipping toward "satisfied."
At the end of the questionnaire, participants answered one last question to directly address their overall job satisfaction. With an average score of 4.14, 83.3% of survey participants reported that they were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their work overall.
These descriptive statistics are a useful overview, but they don't tell us what job or personal factors might be related to job satisfaction. That's on the to-do list for later. What do you think is related to job satisfaction in peer support providers? Let me know by email!
Hi, I'm Stephania! I investigate job-related stress in peer support providers, and write about my work here.