The present study examined the relationship between employees' ability to achieve subjective success and their work attitudes. Four dimensions of subjective success were measured: fulfilling work, financial rewards, recognition, and authority. Hierarchical regression models predicting job satisfaction, commitment, and turnover were examined. Objective indicators of success (organizational level, promotions, and salary) were included as control variables along with importance scores and achievement scores for the success criteria. Results indicate that an employee's achievement of fulfilling work is the strongest predictor of their attitudes towards the job and organization. Together, the achievement of the four success criteria explained significantly more variance in attitudes than objective indicators of success or success criteria importance.

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Keywords Careers, Employee attitudes, High technology, Subjective success
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Journal Journal for Labour Market Research
Dyke, L, & Duxbury, L. (2011). The implications of subjective career success. Journal for Labour Market Research, 43(3), 219–229. doi:10.1007/s12651-010-0044-4