Exploring the Path to Job Satisfaction Among Women in the Middle East: A Contextual Perspective

Bourezg, Maria, Khassawneh, Osama, Singh, Satwinder, Mohammad, Tamara, Melhem, Muntaser J and Darwish, Tamer K ORCID: 0000-0003-1815-9338 (2024) Exploring the Path to Job Satisfaction Among Women in the Middle East: A Contextual Perspective. Gender in Management: An International Journal. (In Press)

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Purpose: This study explores the factors that influence job satisfaction among women in Jordan and contribute to the growing interest in women's workplace happiness in the context of the Middle East. Design/methodology/approach: We employed an explanatory sequential mixed-method approach. During the first phase, 250 female respondents were surveyed from the private sector in Jordan. We analysed the impact of various employment-related attributes and other variables, including educational level, position, work experience, daily work hours, income level, relationships with colleagues and supervisors, and internal career opportunities on job satisfaction. During the second stage, we interviewed 23 supervisor female respondents and conducted a thematic analysis to explore in more depth the determinants of job satisfaction of females working in the private sector in Jordan. Findings: The quantitative findings of this study indicate that job satisfaction is positively influenced by education level and income, while notably, it was negatively impacted by work experience and daily work hours. Relationships with colleagues and supervisors, as well as internal career opportunities, positively affect job satisfaction. The qualitative findings of the study indicate that positive corporate culture, developing subordinates, financial independence, self-worthiness, work-life balance, internal career opportunities, and factors that spillover from the personal life domain contributed highly to job satisfaction. Originality: This study offers valuable insights into the cultural dynamics at play and sheds light on the psychology of the Arab female workforce. Given the limited research on job satisfaction among women in the Middle East and the Arab world, this study holds significant importance for practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Job satisfaction; Women; Working condition; Internal career opportunities; Middle East; Jordan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Tamer Darwish
Date Deposited: 02 May 2024 14:19
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 13:40
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/14046

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