Types of Workplace Social Support in the Prediction of Job Satisfaction

The Career Development Quarterly - 2011-12-23Harris JI, Winskowski AM, Engdahl B10.1002/j.2161-0045.2007.tb00027.x
Research on social support and job satisfaction has yielded mixed results, partly because studies have rarely examined different types of workplace social support, such as collegial support, task support, coaching, and career mentoring. This study identified the relative contributions of different types of social support to job satisfaction and explored the relationship between social support and job tenure. Overall, social support accounted for approximately 17% of the variance in job satisfaction and 9% of the variance in job tenure. Career mentoring and task support were the types of social support most predictive of job satisfaction. Coaching and task support were the types of social support most predictive of job tenure.