The Impact of Gender Similarity on Employee Satisfaction at Work: A Review and Re-Evaluation

22 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2006

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Riccardo Peccei

University of London, King's College London, Department of Management

Hyun-Jung Lee

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Industrial Relations

Abstract

We used data from the British 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS98) to examine key unanswered questions about the impact of gender similarity on employee satisfaction at work. The study sample consisted of 11,848 men and 11,278 women from over 1700 workplaces across Britain. In line with gender-specific compositional arguments, the effects of gender similarity were found to be asymmetrical for men and women, with similarity tending to have a greater positive impact on men than on women. The effects involved were primarily linear in nature. Net of the potentially confounding influence of other factors, they were also found to be quite weak, weaker than has commonly been suggested in the literature.

Suggested Citation

Peccei, Riccardo and Lee, Hyun-Jung, The Impact of Gender Similarity on Employee Satisfaction at Work: A Review and Re-Evaluation. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 42, No. 8, pp. 1571-1592, December 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=868739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2005.00557.x

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