Warmth in Groups and Satisfaction with Supervision

  •  Kamarul Zaman Ahmad    


Most previous studies of Person-Environment fit have failed to use objective measures of the work environment
that are independent of the person examined. This study aims to further develop and improve the
operationalisation of Person-Environment fit by investigating objective fit and the interaction effect of group size
on the relationship between the personality trait of warmth and satisfaction with supervision. Group size
(obtained from company records) was the objective measure of the work environment and warmth was measured
by the 16PF (Cattel et al 1987). On the basis of data from 257 shop-floor workers in a factory in Wales, UK,
results of hierarchical multiple regression generally indicated that the relationship between warmth and
satisfaction with supervision are moderated by group size such that the relationship is positive in small groups
and negative in large groups.

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