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Job-Related Well-Being Through the Great Recession

Green, F; Felstead, A; Gallie, D; Inanc, H; (2016) Job-Related Well-Being Through the Great Recession. Journal of Happiness Studies , 17 (1) pp. 389-411. 10.1007/s10902-014-9600-x. Green open access

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Abstract

We study how job-related well-being (measured by Warr’s ‘Enthusiasm’ and ‘Contentment’ scales) altered through the Great Recession, and how this is related to changing job quality. Using nationally representative data for Britain, we find that job-related well-being was stable between 2001 and 2006, but then declined between 2006 and 2012. We report relevant changes in job quality. In modelling the determinants of job-related well-being, we confirm several previously-studied hypotheses and present some new findings: downsizing, work re-organistion, decreased choice, and linking pay to organisational performance each reduce well-being; indicators of skills challenge in jobs have more of a positive association with Enthusiasm than with Contentment, while effort has a more negative association with Contentment than with Enthusiasm. Our estimates are largely orthogonal to the effects of personality traits and demographic controls on well-being. Using a standard decomposition, we find that the 2006-2012 fall in job-related well-being is partly accounted for by accelerations in the pace of workplace change, rising job insecurity, increased effort and changing participation.

Type: Article
Title: Job-Related Well-Being Through the Great Recession
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10902-014-9600-x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-014-9600-x
Language: English
Additional information: This article is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license. The CC BY license permits commercial and non-commercial re-use of an open access article, as long as the original author and source are properly attributed.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460500
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