Satisfaction with work-related achievements in Brunei public and private sector employees

Lawrence Mundia, Hung-Che Wu
2019 Cogent Business & Management  
The present study assessed the prevalence of satisfaction with workrelated achievements in a random sample 860 Brunei public and private sector employees representing both genders. Job satisfaction is important since it acts as a source of intrinsic motivation encouraging workers to be industrious and efficient. Job satisfaction among workers is likely to contribute to employee happiness, well-being, and retention. On the other hand, job dissatisfaction often leads to high likelihood risks of
more » ... kelihood risks of reducing staff morale, increasing resignations or worker-turnover, and decreased productivity. A quantitative field survey was used and data were analyzed by binary logistic regression. Male employees were more satisfied than female peers. In addition, workers in the Brunei-Muara district were also more satisfied than their counterparts in other districts. However, employees with children and low education were less likely to be satisfied with their work-related achievements compared to highly educated peers and those with no children. Further qualitative research was desired to provide more insights on the investigated problem. Introduction, background and setting The Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, hereafter referred to as Brunei, is a small country in terms of land mass (5,765 Km 2 ) and population (422,678 as of 2016 census) located on Borneo island in Southeast Asia. The people are multiethnic, although the majority are Malays followed by Chinese. The primary religion is Islam, with more than 75% of the population being adherents. Administratively, the country is divided into four districts named Brunei-Muara, Belait, Tutong and Temburong. Of these districts, the most populated, developed, and cosmopolitan is Brunei-Muara. The Brunei economy is currently still based largely on oil and gas exports, but there are feasible national plans and genuine efforts underway to diversify it (Department of Economic Planning and Development, 2015). Most of the people in Brunei work for the government (public sector). The private sector workforce (i.e. employees in companies and other non-governmental organizations) is still relatively small compared to the civil service but with a growing, vibrant trajectory. The present study assessed the relationship between selected sociodemographic variables and work-related satisfaction in both public and private sector employees with the goal of making recommendations regarding possible interventions. The findings may contribute new literature and knowledge regarding the Brunei labor force.
doi:10.1080/23311975.2019.1664191 fatcat:mjrupp3kevg2dckixmvchez5by