This research was supported partially by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation MO 722/6–1). The authors thank Mike Smith, Gerhard Blickle, and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on previous versions of the manuscript.
Is Involvement a Suppressor of the Job Satisfaction–Life Satisfaction Relationship?1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 11, pages 2377–2388, November 2004
How to Cite
Moser, K. and Schuler, H. (2004), Is Involvement a Suppressor of the Job Satisfaction–Life Satisfaction Relationship?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34: 2377–2388. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb01982.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Previous research has demonstrated a considerable correlation between job satisfaction and life satisfaction. In addition, various researchers have hypothesized that job importance (work involvement) should be a moderator of this relationship. However, most empirical tests did not confirm this assumption. We argue that job importance cannot turn out to be a moderator because the subjective importance of work is already part of job–satisfaction judgments, a notion that has been advanced by Locke (1969) as implicit importance weighting. However, a suppressor effect can be predicted because job importance should be correlated with job satisfaction, but not life satisfaction. In a study of recently hired incumbents (N= 811) in a large German electronics company, we distinguished between job involvement and work involvement. We considered the latter, but not the former, being a measure of job importance. Work involvement, but not job involvement, turned out to be a suppressor of the relation between job satisfaction and life satisfaction.