Do employee perceptions of needs–supply fit impact job satisfaction and job search behavior?

Rama Krishna Kishore Vandavasi, David McConville*, Jin Feng Uen, Ko Wei Wu

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In this study, a job characteristics profile is developed to calculate indirect measures of needs–supply (N-S) fit. Two surveys were conducted with employees in Taiwan, to test N-S fit, employee job satisfaction, intention to leave, and job search behavior. The findings show that employee perceptions of indirect N-S fit are significantly related to job satisfaction and negatively related to intention to leave and job search behavior. We find that an individual’s desires, needs, and subjective “fit” perceptions can impact considerably on how the individual thinks and feels about their job and their inclinations to leave. In addition to contributing empirical evidence of how employee perceptions of N-S fit can affect employee intentions to leave, we conclude that it is of practical importance for practitioners to assess the congruence between an employee’s perceptions of what he or she needs in a job and their subjective perceptions of what is supplied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of General Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • intention to leave
  • job satisfaction
  • job search behavior
  • needs–supply (N-S) fit
  • Q-methodology


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