Work Experiences, Satisfactions and Psychological Well-being among Women Managers and Professionals in Turkey


  • Ronald J. Burke
  • Mustafa Koyuncu
  • Jacob Wolpin


Although qualified women are still underrepresented at ranks of senior management in all countries, considerable progress has been made in identifying work experiences associated with career success and advancement. The present study examines the relationship of four work experiences and work satisfactions and indicators of psychological well-being in a sample of managerial and professional women working in Istanbul Turkey. Data were collected from 143 women using anonymously completed questionnaires. Work experiences included support and encouragement, feeling accepted in the organization, opportunities for training and development, and work and family integration .Access to these four work experiences were positively and significantly correlated though the sample generally indicated low exposure to them. Hierarchical regression analyses, controlling for personal demographics and work situation characteristics, indicated that these work experiences had significant relationships with both work and well-being outcomes. Work-family integration had the strongest and most consistent relationships with these outcomes.