Work Values, Perceived Job Rewards and Life Outcomes of the New Generation of Chinese Migrant Labourers' in Guangzhou, China: Implications for Social Work Practice
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AbstractThis study aimed to explore the direction of social work practices by examining how work values and job rewards were associated with job and life satisfaction among the new generation of Chinese migrant labourers who work in Guangzhou, China. Based on a survey design of 775 migrant labourers of two generational cohorts randomly selected from two toy factories, the results indicate that the younger participants' instrumental work values were negatively associated with job satisfaction. Moreover, of the younger participants, all aspects of perceived job rewards were positively associated with both job and life satisfaction. The results challenge the public perception that the acquisition of monetary reward is a prime source of positive life outcomes among the new cohort of migrant labourers. On the contrary, the young migrants who work in a metropolis in South China are conscious of the significance of all the extrinsic, intrinsic and social job rewards for their well-being. There is thus a need for social workers to generate multidimensional service strategies in response to their concerns. Besides providing training programmes and continuing education, practitioners can engage in social support interventions, cultivate a collaborative relationship with corporations and put pressure on the government to initiate policy changes.
All Author(s) ListTo S.-M., Tam H.-L.
Journal nameBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume Number46
Issue Number1
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages27 - 45
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsjob rewards, job satisfaction, life satisfaction, Migrant workers, social work in China, work values

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