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Factors associated with work satisfaction among Veterans

Article

This article examines the factors contributing to work satisfaction among Canadian veterans who have transitioned to civilian live after service.

Abstract

Work satisfaction contributes to the health and well-being of Veterans transitioning to civilian life after service. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to examine the factors contributing to work satisfaction among Canadian Veterans. We examine multiple factors thought to be associated with work satisfaction using the cross-sectional 2010 survey of the Life After Service Studies (LASS) program of research, which includes a national sample of 3,154 Canadian Veterans released from the regular forces between 1998 and 2007. We performed both unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression models for three rank groupings: privates and cadets, Non-Commissioned Members (NCMs), junior and senior, and officers (junior and senior). In the year after release, 73% of Veterans were satisfied with their work. Officers (89%) were the most satisfied, followed by NCMs (77%), and privates and cadets (52%). Using unadjusted models, factors associated with higher satisfaction rates were: release due to reaching retirement age; being older than 50; reporting no work stress; reporting knowledge, skills, and ability transferability; and similar job tasks between military and civilian occupations; reporting easy adjustment to civilian life; and being satisfied with finances. Using adjusted models, only satisfaction with finances was associated with work satisfaction for NCMs, privates, and cadets. Only involuntary release and years of service were associated with work satisfaction for officers. Work satisfaction rates varied considerably according to military rank, and were highest among officers and lowest among privates and cadets. This suggests a need to account for rank when developing strategies to improve work satisfaction rates and reintegration into civilian life among Veterans.

Full Reference

MacLean, M. B., VanTil, L., Sweet, J., Poirier, A. and McKinnon, K., 2018. Factors associated with work satisfaction among Veterans. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 4(1).