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end result is behavior responses that are characterized by absenteeism, turnover, or dissent
(Ekberg, 2002; Thomas & Au, 2002). Some workers exit by transferring to other positions or
quitting altogether. Some voice their working issues to discuss existing problems, suggest
solutions, or seek help. Still, other workers find that they can remain loyal to their jobs, in spite
of working conditions, by waiting and hoping that things will change, or trusting that employers
will make things right. These go on to be productive workers (Fisher, 2000). Too many
employees, unfortunately, will demonstrate a lack of interest in their jobs and neglect their
positions (Thomas & Au, 2002).
A discussion of how other organizations have allowed their careerists to become at-risk
for professional failure will help to understand the importance of job satisfaction for special
educators who instruct students with emotional/behavioral disorders (E/BD). The information
that follows briefly reviews how the quickening pace of work operations has progressed in
tandem with new and increased demands contributing to increased job dissatisfaction. As more
and more Americans find their jobs not providing the satisfaction they once experienced, the
vital energy once used for living is traded for the salaries they receive (Ekberg, 2002; Munn,
1996). This chapter, therefore, will attempt to provide an understanding of the elusive nature of
job satisfaction across America's working society, beginning with a brief look at the business
world and information systems organizations, the field of medicine, and other public and civic
organizations to better understand what is happening to levels of job satisfaction for teachers of
students with E/BD in the field of special education.
American Business and Information Systems Organizations
Job satisfaction in the business world continues to decline across many levels of the
American workplace. An emerging body of evidence indicates that the amount of prestige that is
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Adkins, Beverly. An Analysis of Job Satisfaction for Special Educators Who Instruct Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders: How Working Conditions Impact Commitment., dissertation, August 2009; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc12067/m1/9/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .