JOB SATISFACTION AND PERSONALITY OF MERCHANT NAVY OFFICERS

During the last two decades shipping technology has changed drastically, necessitated by changing economic factors, resulting in the need for highly trained personnel. Training costs are high, particularly for officers, and could be reduced if efficient selection processes were employed. The project is designed to study perceived and implied (calculated) job satisfaction of officers who have served in the Merchant Navy for five years or more. Gone are the days of high port-time sea-time ratios due to increased port and labour costs. Consequently seafarers may be confined together for longer periods at sea such that a different type of personality may be required to survive the stresses and strains of such a way of life. The project also attempted to discover whether the personalities of the seafaring officers differ from those of the shoreside population and whether personality is related to job satisfaction at sea. The project took the form of a survey by applying a questionnaire to Merchant Navy deck, engineer and radio officers at nautical educational establishments between September and October 1978. The results showed that the majority of officers have a moderately high level of perceived job satisfaction whereas implied satisfaction was comparatively low. The personality of officers was found to be significantly different from that of the shoreside population in almost 50% of the 31 personality scales measured. There were also found to be differences between the personalities of deck and engineer officers. A correlational study indicated that the personality of the Merchant Navy officer is related to overall job satisfaction.

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    Taylor & Francis

    4 Park Square, Milton Park
    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • Wall, M R
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00325845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM