A Study on Self-Esteem and Job Satisfaction

It can even be considered as one of the most important and precarious organization in a country such that being a soldier is uch more than a work. Considered as a noble profession, it is no Joke for anyone to risk lives and limbs in defense of the countrys freedom and sovereignty while being away from families. Senator and chairman of the Senate Committee, Ramon Magsaysay Jr. talked about Filipino soldiers as one of the lowest-paid employees of the government (The Philippine Star, 2002).

He also noted that soldiers last received an increase in their base pay in November 1987 or 15 years ago at the time. Another article on 2007 of the Philippine Daily Inquirer talks about the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) problem on the lack of the military personnel’s morale and the root cause of its inefficiency which are low salaries, insufficient benefits and antique weaponry. These various news on compensation, inefficiency, and morale issues sprouting in the media about soldiers, has made and has to be the countrys center of attention also.

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It is then for these informations why the researchers are interested on their Job satisfaction and how do they evaluate themselves as a person – self- to acknowledge that their Job satisfaction be checked once in a while. As cited by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in 2007, Spector concludes that “organizations have significant effects on the people who work for them and some of those effects are reflected in how people feel about their work.

This makes Job satisfaction an issue of substantial importance for both the organization and its workforce. Meanwhile, among the Job satisfaction’s possible influences are working hours, work orientation, financial variables, employment contract, tenure, market, Job mobility, marital status, age, quality of workers, direct upervisor relationships, and Job security (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2007; Harmer ; Findley, 2006; Knerr, 2005; Nestor ; Leary, 2000; Sukumar, 2006; Swortzel ; Taylor, 2005).

This study is important because seldom is there scientific inquiries in the Philippines, especially in Cagayan de Oro City, on the soldiers’ Job satisfaction and their self-esteem. Furthermore, this area of study is important because it would give more insights on the importance and possible effects of self-esteem in elevating these soldiers’ skills, ttitudes towards their work, morale, and commitment in what they do for the nation. And at the same time in a way to prevent undesirable events such as the recent hostage crisis involving a retired policeman in appealing on his retirement benefits.

H25: grouped according to: Age, Civil Status, Length of Service and Job Position. Review of Related Literature This section of the paper discusses studies and concepts that are relevant to this research. Self-esteem Yakubovich et. al. (1989) The study tests the hypothesis that structural changes in nurses’ work settings, which allow nurses to autonomously exercise their knowledge and skill lead not only to an enhanced feeling of professional autonomy, but also to an improvement in their professional self-image and to an increase in Job satisfaction.

The findings indicate that during the strike, PC head nurses expanded their activities and responsibilities and consequently felt more professional autonomy and Job satisfaction, as well as improvement in professional self-image. Hospital head nurses experienced significantly less changes in their work situation and, as expected, less change in all work related attitudes. It is suggested that, when given the opportunity to define for themselves roles where they can use their experience, knowledge and skills, senior nurses stand-up to the challenge and consequently are more satisfied and their professional self-image improves.

Judge and Bono (2001) presented meta-analytic results of the relationship of 4 traits – self-esteem, generalized self-efficacy, locus of control, and emotional stability (low neuroticism) – with Job satisfaction and Job performance. With respect to Job satisfaction, the estimated true score correlations were .

26 for self-esteem, . 45 for generalized self-efficacy, . 32 for internal locus of control, and . 24 for emotional stability. The results based on 274 correlations suggest that these traits are among the best dispositional predictors of Job satisfaction and Job performance.