New hires' job satisfaction time trajectory

Ralf Bebenroth, Jose O.L. Berengueres

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This study is aimed at quantifying the job satisfaction trajectory of new hires. The authors compared job satisfaction of 815 new hires to 1,925 non-new employees, asking all participating employees a simple daily question for ten months: 'how happy are you today at work?'. With a sample of 187.137 data points, we found a high heterogeneity in job satisfaction among employees from 12 different companies that participated in our study. On the tenets of acculturation theory and more fine-grained data, we support previous research that new hires started with a 27% higher job satisfaction compared to the non-new employees. The level of job satisfaction kept on decreasing (until 64th day), continuing at a slower pace, gradually bottoming out after eight months. The ratio of new hires' job satisfaction to non-new employees began an upward trend between the sixth and the seventh month (195th day).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resources Development and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Acculturation theory
  • Job satisfaction time trajectory
  • New hires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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