Evaluation of Lifelong Work Satisfaction among Former Postal Service Workers

Keywords: Health, Working Environment & Wellbeing, Organization & Management

Abstract

While policymakers emphasize the need to delay retirement age, numerous traditional industries, among them postal services, emphasize the need for employee downsizings. These can be contradictory needs. Downsizings can reduce work life satisfaction (WLS) among workers, and reduced WLS can decrease willingness to delay retirement age. In this cross-sectional study, we explore WLS trajectories of former postal service workers by analyzing quantitative survey data (N = 201) and qualitative interview data (N = 40). In the data, workers aged 50–67 years evaluate their lifelong work satisfaction. The results of the quantitative and the qualitative study complement and mirror each other. Same trajectories of WLS were identified in both data. One-third of the survey respondents reported decreasing WLS, which according to the qualitative data relates to employee downsizings. The article highlights the importance of acknowledging contextual elements of work satisfaction measurement and the benefits of combining methodological traditions to understand the longer-term dynamics involved

Author Biographies

Miira Niska, Tampere University

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Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Social Research)

K.C Prakash, Tampere University

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Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences), Gerontology
Research Center

Anna Siukola, Tampere University

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Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences), Gerontology
Research Center

Hanna Kosonen, Tampere University

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Research assistant, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences)

Jari Luomanen, Tampere University

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Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Social Research)

Kirsi Lumme-Sandt, Tampere University

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University lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences), Gerontology Research Center

Subas Neupane, Tampere University

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Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences), Gerontology Research Center

Pirjo Nikander, Tampere University

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Research director, The Doctoral School

Clas-Håkan Nygård, Tampere University

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Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences (Unit of Health Sciences), Gerontology Research Center

Published
2020-02-24
How to Cite
Niska, M., Prakash, K., Siukola, A., Kosonen, H., Luomanen, J., Lumme-Sandt, K., Neupane, S., Nikander, P., & Nygård, C.-H. (2020). Evaluation of Lifelong Work Satisfaction among Former Postal Service Workers. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.v10i1.118677
Section
Articles