Research Design and Data Collection

Given the hypothesis high employee satisfaction is correlated with low employee absenteeism, address the following in your paper this week:

Identify the variables in this study. What are some extraneous variables that might impact your research? How would you control for extraneous variables? Which research design would you use to study this hypothesis and why? What data collection techniques would you use to study this hypothesis and why? Assuming that you get a correlation of r = -.70, what does this tell you about the strength and direction of the correlation between satisfaction and absenteeism? What are some potential problems you might encounter, and what strategies would you use to minimize these problems?


The variables are the employee’s high employee satisfaction and low employee absentism.Extraneous variables are factors other than the independent variable that may affect the dependent variable. Some of the extraneous variables that may impact in my study include the number of employees, gender of the employees and the time the employees get to work. In order to control the extraneous variables, I would either use placebo or experimental effects. I would therefore use use different experimental designs methods. For instance independent group designs.

Data collection will be via questionnaires which will be filled by the clients of the company.

Since we get a correlation coefficient of -0.70 we therefore conclude that there is a perfect negative correlation between high employee satisfaction and low employee absenteeism. We therefore reject the null hypothesis.

Some of the potential problems that one may encounter is that one may have incomplete questionnaires. To cope with this one would treat them as missing values.

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