Employee job satisfaction at Florida for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals

Elena A. Platonova, Kailas Venkitasubramanian, Michael E. Thompson


High quality health care requires competent, motivated, and satisfied health care employees. This research examines whether employee job satisfaction differs at for-profit (FP) and not-for-profit (NFP) hospitals and how other organizational characteristics mediate this relationship. In this cross-sectional study, Press Ganey Employee Partnership Survey data from 35 Florida hospitals were used to understand the relationship between hospital ownership (primary independent variable) and employee job satisfaction (outcome). A flexible structural equation model was used to examine the relationship. The sample included 32,892 valid responses (approximately 23% from FP hospitals). Employees in FP hospitals were found to less satisfied with their jobs than their NFP counterparts. This trend was strongly associated with an inverse relationship between job satisfaction and assessment of immediate supervisors. The resulting job satisfaction model had an R2 of 0.524, indicating good fit. Further analyses revealed a positive association between perceived staffing levels and supervisor satisfaction, suggesting that the relative leanness of FP institutions might explain the observed difference in supervisor satisfaction. Employee job satisfaction is a complex multifaceted construct. Four main organizational factors affect employee job satisfaction: the organization’s ownership type (FP or NFP), employee relationships with supervisors, work schedule, and length of employment. Leaders need to provide front line supervisors with adequate resources and support. Training immediate supervisors how to approach and be supportive of their workers provides an immediate solution toward increasing employee job satisfaction.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v9n2p33


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Journal of Hospital Administration

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