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The purpose of this study was to identify through hypothesis testing how Herzbergs theory of job satisfaction applied to two different working populations using a questionnaire based on Herzbergs classification scheme The study was conducted using private and public sector employees for comparison analysis The t-test technique was applied and the t-value was computed to test the four formulated hypotheses in order to determine whether any significant differences were revealed between the two employee groups The result of this analysis showed that employees motives for work in both sectors tended to emphasize intrinsic or motivator factors of employment while those who worked in the public sector tended to value the extrinsic or hygiene factors significantly higher than those in the private sector Also the satisfaction of employees in both sectors was not attributable to hygiene factors Dr Maidani is currently a Project ManagerProject Engineer with Hillsborough County Florida He has responsibilities in the Capital Projects Department whee he manages a wide varity of environmental engineering activities md the Engineering Department where waterwaste water treatment plants sewer systems and pump stations are designed He holds a DBA and an MBA in Management from NOVA University and a BA in Management and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Uniersity of South Florida Job satisfaction traditionally has been assumed to follow a single underlying continuum One end of this continuum was supposed to represent a high level of satisfaction with the job while the other end was purported to reflect a high level of dissatisfaction with the job Points between the two extremes were assumed to reflect various degrees of satisfaction dissatisfaction Frederick Herzberg and his associates 1959 conducted extensive interviews with two hundred engineers and accountants using the critical-incident method for data collection Herzberg made a theoretical departure from the traditional continuum concept by suggesting that job satisfaction was hypothesized to operate on a continuum which ranged from high to no job satisfaction-while
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