Objectives: Compensation is widely acknowledged as an important feature of a job in the eyes of employees. Health care is a special industry in which compensation among employees differs greatly. The difference in compensation has an impact on employees' perception of job equity which may influence their work attitude and the quality of care provided. This study aimed to examine the relationship between hospital employees' perception of compensation equity and their work attitude. Methods: The study poulation included employees from one private regional teaching hospital and one municipal hospital in Taipei City. A structured questionnaire was sent to of 2,000 questionnaires were distributed with 1,286 questionnaires being returned; an overall response rate of 64. of 2,000 questionnaires were distributed with 1,286 questionnaires being returned; an overall response rate of 64. 3%. The response rate of physicians was only 30%(97/321), and the result of Chi-square test indicated that the responding physicians could not represent the study population of physicians. As a result, physicians were not included in follow-up statistical analyses. The final sample size was 1,189, and the response rate was 62.5%.Descriotive statistics, ANOV A, correlation analysis, and multiple regression analysis were used in data analysis. Results: The results indicated that hospital employees' perception of compensation equity varies significantly according to personal characteristics, such as age and specialty. The design of the compensation system also has effects on employees' perception of compensation equity. Employees' work attitude differs by personal characteristics as welt Controlling for personal characteristics and the design of the compensation system, employees' work attitude was found significantly positively related to their perception of compensation equity. Compared to administrative staff, nurses had a more negative perception of compensation e9uity and worse work attitudes. Being a supervisor exerted positive influences on employees’ perception of compensation equity and work attitude. Conclusions: Employees' work attitude was influenced by their perception of compensation eqlity, along with personal characteristics such as age and specialty. With this understanding, hospital administrators can design a more acceptable compensation system that will produce satisfactory and productive employees. Consequently, the quality of care provided and the health of people in Taiwan would be improved.
- rerceptlOn oJ compensation equity
- Work attitude
- Hospital employee