Study Reveals Certain Types of Workplace Trainings Increase Job Satisfaction Among Stressed Employees

Summary of:

Zamiri, A., Heidari, A., Asgari, P., and Makvandi, P., “The effectiveness of organizational intelligence, workplace-life skills, and employee empowerment training on job satisfaction and organizational culture of employees with job stress” (2020). International Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 14(1), 13-19.

Background & Theory:

A number of past studies have shown the negative effects job stress has on employee well-being, job satisfaction, and organizational climate. In order to create a healthier and more empowering work environment, many organizations turn to the use of workplace trainings. This study examines the effectiveness of organizational intelligence trainings, workplace-life skills trainings, and employee empowerment trainings on raising job satisfaction and improving organizational culture.

Question(s):

Research was conducted to answer the following questions:

    1. What effect do organizational intelligence training, workplace-life skills training, and employee empowerment training have on job satisfaction for employees with job stress?
    2. What effect do organizational intelligence training, workplace-life skills training, and employee empowerment training have on organizational culture for employees with job stress?

Methods:

Data were collected from a sample of 80 employees with job stress (based on the Job Stress Questionnaire) from the Persian Gulf Star Oil Company. Job satisfaction was measured using the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire and organizational culture was measured by the Denison Organizational Culture Survey. Both surveys used a Likert-type scale for collecting data. Employees in the test group were given organizational intelligence, workplace-life skills, and employee empowerment trainings. Data were analyzed using the multivariate analysis of covariance and ANCOVA.

Results:

The results revealed that organizational intelligence training, workplace-life skills training, and employee empowerment training increased employee job satisfaction and improved organizational culture for employees with job stress. Organizational intelligence enabled employees to obtain, interpret, and apply organization information, making them feel more in tune with the organization and making it easier to uphold its values. Workplace-life skills training gave employees a means by which they could manage their stress and anger in their jobs, contributing to higher job satisfaction and the creation of a less stress-inducing organizational culture. Employee empowerment training contributed to employee self-esteem and flexibility, leading to increased job satisfaction, commitment, and performance.

What We Can Learn:

Looking over this research, we can take away the following key insight:

  • Workplace trainings that involve topics like organizational intelligence, workplace-life skills, and employee empowerment lead to higher job satisfaction and improved organizational culture for employees with job stress.

Final Takeaways

For Consultants: This study shows the potential impact effective trainings can have on employees and organizational culture. Consultants hired to help improve job satisfaction and organizational culture should consider implementing elements of organizational intelligence, workplace-life skills, and employee empowerment into their trainings.

For Everyone: If your workplace suffers from low employee job satisfaction and a high-stress culture, it may help to hire a consultant who can conduct trainings on topics that make employees feel more satisfied with their jobs and creates an overall healthier organizational culture.