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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Sport and Leisure Studies

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The implementation of employee recreation programs has declined, giving away to programs which put more emphasis on health and fitness. Shinew & Crossley (1989) suggested that employee recreation programs may contain benefits comparable to those of employee health promotion programs. Research that has examined employee recreation programs and their benefits have been limited. The present study investigated employee participation (N = 122) in a community-sponsored employee recreation program named the Corporate Challenge. This study examined the effects of employee participation in the Corporate Challenge on employee job satisfaction, overall community satisfaction, and an employee's overall feelings of community life importance. A pre and post survey on job satisfaction and community life was given to four different levels of employee participants in the Corporate Challenge. Approximately 30 subjects were examined from each participant level. The four levels of participants were: (1) new participants; (2) 2-3 year participants; (3) {dollar}>{dollar}3 year participants; (4) control group (non-participants); The results of a paired sample t-test indicated that a significant relationship was found between employee participation in the Corporate Challenge and overall job satisfaction. A one-way between subjects analysis of variance was computed between overall feelings of community life importance and Corporate Challenge panicipant levels. The results indicated a significant difference between the mean community life importance scores of the four participant level groups. No significant findings were reported between employee participation in the Corporate Challenge and an employer's overall satisfaction with community life. Also, the results of a one-way analysis of variance found no significant differences in the subjects' years worked at their company by participation level.


Community; Effects; Job; Participation; Program; Recreation; Satisfaction; Sport

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Kinesiology; Health education

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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