Why do you think many people are in jobs that are
not satisfying? Do organizations help people craft satisfying
and motivating jobs, and if not, why not?
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another 500 or so messages from clients around the
world. If he’s lucky, he gets to spend an hour a day
with his son, but then it’s back to work until he finally
goes to bed around midnight. Says Clark, “There are
plenty of people who would love to have this job.
They’re knocking on the door all the time. So that’s
Many individuals would balk at the prospect of a
60-hour or more workweek with constant traveling and
little time for anything else. Some individuals are exhilarated
by it. But the demands of such jobs are clearly not
for everyone. Many quit, with turnover levels at 55 percent
for consultants and 30 percent for investment bankers, according
to Vault.com . However, clearly such jobs, while
time-consuming and often stressful, can be satisfying to
1. Do you think only certain individuals are attracted to
these types of jobs, or is it the characteristics of the
jobs themselves that are satisfying?
2. What characteristics of these jobs might contribute to
increased levels of job satisfaction?
3. Given that the four individuals we just read about
tend to be satisfied with their jobs, how might this satisfaction
relate to their job performance, citizenship
behavior, and turnover?
4. Recall David Clark’s statement that “There are plenty
of people who would love to have this job. They’re
knocking on the door all the time.” How might
Clark’s perceptions that he has a job many others
desire contribute to his job satisfaction?
Sources: Based on L. Golden, “A Brief History of Long Work Time and the Contemporary Sources of
Overwork,” Journal of Business Ethics 84,...