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The relationship between learning levels and job satisfaction among hospital employees with the job class as a moderator variable

Mohammad Ali Jahani, Vahid Rahimi, Shahrbanoo Mahmoudjanloo, Ghahreman Mahmoudi , Mohammad Amin Bahrami

Mohammad Ali Jahani
Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDHRC), Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran

Vahid Rahimi
Master of Science of Health Services Management, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Lorestan, Iran

Shahrbanoo Mahmoudjanloo
Bachelor of Science of Health Services Management, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, Iran

Ghahreman Mahmoudi
Hospital Administration Research Center, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran. Email: [email protected]

Mohammad Amin Bahrami
Associate professor, Healthcare management department, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
Online First: March 13, 2017 | Cite this Article
Jahani, M., Rahimi, V., Mahmoudjanloo, S., Mahmoudi, G., Bahrami, M. 2017. The relationship between learning levels and job satisfaction among hospital employees with the job class as a moderator variable. Bali Medical Journal 6(1): 173-177. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v6i1.473


Background and Aim: Knowledge develops in an organization with applying learning processes and it promotes employees' job satisfaction as well as increases the organization's potential in applying and understanding the appropriate learning procedures. This study aimed at investigating the relationship between employees' organizational learning and their job satisfaction with the moderating role of their job class (therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic) in the selected hospitals located in Lorestan State, Iran.

Method: This descriptive study was an applied correlational research conducted in 2016. The study population included all 2,162 employees working in two teaching hospitals, one social affairs hospital and one private hospital, both located in Lorestan State, Iran. As many as 339 therapeutic and non-therapeutic employees were selected proportionally by using Cochran's sampling formula. Two questionnaires were administrated: Watkins and Marsick's Learning Organization Questionnaire and Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS 22.

Findings: Among non-therapeutic staff, the mean rate of the variable "learning" was 2.80  0.81 and the mean rate of the variable "job satisfaction" was 3.24 0.74. Among therapeutic staff, the correlation coefficient between learning and job satisfaction was r = .615 and among non-therapeutic it was r = .725 (p < .01). There was a significant relationship between learning and job satisfaction in both job classes.

Conclusion: Among both therapeutic and non-therapeutic employees, the relationship between learning and its component and job satisfaction had a similar trend, but the degree of relationship or proximity varied. It is proposed that hospital managers try to promote employees' learning capacity in individual, group, and organizational levels along with job satisfaction and its components among all job classes, especially among non-therapeutic staff.

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