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Relation between Basic Psychological Needs, Working Environment, and Job Satisfaction

[Speaker] Tanaka, Kiho:1
[Co-author] Sakhaee, Ehssan:2
1:Doshisha University (Japan), 2:University of Sydney (Australia)

According to the Self-determination Theory (SDT), the basic psychological needs (for autonomy, competence and relatedness) must be satisfied for people to develop and function in healthy or optimal ways (Deci & Ryan, 2000). The recognition of the connection between employees' working condition and job satisfaction (Sell & Bryan, 2011), the present research investigates the mediated effect of the need satisfaction between working environment and job satisfaction. The research involved participants working at various organizations in Germany (n=324) and Australia (n=149). Based on the results, respectable working conditions enhanced work motivation, job effort and job satisfaction mediating need satisfaction. Income level, which had positively influenced by competitive salary condition, had no significant effect on job satisfaction.
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