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Exploring Horticultural Employees' Attitudes Toward Their Jobs: A Qualitative Analysis Based on Herzberg's Theory of Job Satisfaction

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  • Bitsch, Vera
  • Hogberg, Michael

Job satisfaction is likely the most studied work-related attitude and is assumed to influence a variety of behaviors. This study analyzes the job satisfaction of agricultural employees using Herzberg’s theory, which is broadly employed in management. Fourteen horticultural businesses participated in case studies of labor-management practices. Fifteen nonsupervisory employee interviews were analyzed regarding job satisfaction. Components of job satisfaction relevant to horticultural employees were family-business values, achievement, recognition, work itself, involvement, personal life, interpersonal relationships, job security, supervision, working conditions, organization, safety, compensation, and information. While support for Herzberg’s theory is weak, it is useful for classifying employees’ attitudes.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2005)
Issue (Month): 03 (December)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:43500
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  1. Bitsch, Vera & Harsh, Stephen B., 2004. "Labor Risk Attributes in the Green Industry: Business Owners' and Managers' Perspectives," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(03), December.
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  5. Fogleman, Sarah L. & Milligan, Robert A. & Maloney, Thomas R. & Knoblauch, Wayne A., 1999. "Employee Compensation And Job Satisfaction On Dairy Farms In The Northeast," 1999 Annual meeting, August 8-11, Nashville, TN 21690, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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