The paper "Employee Attitudes and Job Satisfaction" is a great example of an article on human resources. Saar and Judge (2004), in their article “ Employee Attitudes and Job Satisfaction, ” argue that job satisfaction is the most focal employee attitude. Indeed, this is their thesis statement. To explore the thesis, the authors attempt to show that three major gaps exist between the HR practice and the scientific research when it comes to HR practice and the scientific research in employee attitudes and employee satisfaction. The three include the causes of employee attitudes, the effects positive and negative job satisfaction, and lastly, the processes of measuring and influencing employee attitudes.
However, with respect to the thesis statement, it is clear that the article has several strengths and weaknesses, which put the validity of scope and content of the article under question. I agree with the thesis statement. My reason for this is since job satisfaction is a type of employee attitude, which is also the most cited in organisational behaviour research. In fact, a review of organisational behaviour literature shows that job satisfaction is at the centre of modern-day research, compared to other attitudes, such as job involvement, organizational commitment, perceived organizational support, and employee engagement.
Again, subsequent meticulous review of the published literature by the author to validate the thesis statement increases the level of objectivity of the findings. As Belt et al (2011) argue, review of literature to validate a thesis statement provides it with authenticity, as it augments its objectivity and comprehensiveness. In particular, this expands an understanding of the author’ s argument due to the huge depth research employed. Theoretically, the author’ s argument also points to the link between job satisfaction and attitudes.
As Srivastav and Das (2013) argue, the attitudes, or what employees perceive about the working conditions, job tasks, or even compensation, shape the job satisfaction.
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