Generational Differences in Work Values, Perceived Job Rewards, and Job Satisfaction of Chinese Female Migrant Workers : Implications for Social Policy and Social Services

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1315-1332
Journal / PublicationSocial Indicators Research
Volume118
Issue number3
Online published10 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Abstract

This cross-sectional survey study is a pioneering attempt to investigate the generational differences in the work values, perceived job rewards, and job satisfaction of Chinese female migrant workers. The study targeted two toy factories in the Guangdong Province of China and recruited a total of 1,307 female workers as participants. Among them were 577 female migrant workers who comprised the target group for this research. The authors hypothesized that the younger generation of female migrant workers would have higher levels of cognitive work values (such as self-enhancement and career development) but lower levels of perceived job rewards and job satisfaction than those of the older generation. The results indicate that there are no generational differences in work values among the three birth cohorts of Chinese female migrant workers. The older generation felt more satisfied with the job rewards that they received, and their sense of job satisfaction was higher than that of the younger generation. Furthermore, the findings showed a substantial positive influence of perceived social job rewards (such as support from co-workers and supervisors) on job satisfaction among the younger generation. The current findings suggest that in China, generational differences in work are affected by both the generation factor and the rural-urban stratification factor. The authors hope that the study will provide a knowledge base for understanding the perceptions of Chinese female migrant workers toward work and for exploring the ways in which new policies and social services can be developed in order to address their needs. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Research Area(s)

  • Chinese females, Generational differences, Job satisfaction, Migrant workers, Perceived job rewards, Work values

Citation Format(s)

Generational Differences in Work Values, Perceived Job Rewards, and Job Satisfaction of Chinese Female Migrant Workers : Implications for Social Policy and Social Services. / To, Siu Ming; Tam, Hau Lin.

In: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 118, No. 3, 09.2014, p. 1315-1332.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal