Portions of this paper were presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, March, 1980. The data for this paper were provided by the National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago. We wish to thank Dr. Laura R. Lacy for her editorial assistance and Michael Claycomb and Marlene Pettit for their secretarial assistance. The research was supported in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station (Journal paper No. 80-14-140, Project No. 830).
JOB ATTRIBUTE PREFERENCES AND WORK COMMITMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 315–329, June 1983
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LACY, W. B., BOKEMEIER, J. L. and SHEPARD, J. M. (1983), JOB ATTRIBUTE PREFERENCES AND WORK COMMITMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES. Personnel Psychology, 36: 315–329. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1983.tb01440.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
The extent of assumed sex differences in preferences for work attributes is explored utilizing data from five representative national samples. The results indicated only minimal differences in preferred job attributes between males and females. Both sexes identified meaningfulness of the work as the most important job attribute, and rank ordered the other four attributes studied in the following sequence: promotion, income, security, and hours. Factors such as education, occupational prestige, age and one's commitment to continue working were more important than sex of the respondent as predictors of job attribute preferences. However, these status variables did not affect the relationship of sex and job attribute preferences. Furthermore, these factors had approximately the same relative predictive value for both males and females. Nevertheless, these statistically significant predictors explained a small proportion of the variance in job attribute preferences. Implications for research and practice are discussed.