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Does job design make workers happy?

Böckerman, P; Bryson, A; Kauhanen, A; Kangasniemi, M; (2020) Does job design make workers happy? Scottish Journal of Political Economy , 67 (1) pp. 31-52. 10.1111/sjpe.12211. Green open access

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Abstract

Using linked employer-employee data for Finland we examine associations between job design, employee well-being and job-related stress. Three key findings stand out. First, in accordance with the theory of Karasek and Karasek and Theorell, job control and supervisory support are positively correlated with employee well-being and negatively correlated with job-related stress. Second, as predicted by theory, job demands are positively correlated with job-related stress. Third, there is no association between job demands and employee well-being and, contrary to expectations, neither job control nor supervisory support alleviate the negative relationship between job demands and job-related stress. Our results confirm the importance of job design for employee well-being.

Type: Article
Title: Does job design make workers happy?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/sjpe.12211
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12211
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: HRM, job control, job demands, job design, job satisfaction, job support, stress supervisors, worker well‐being
UCL classification: UCL
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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 - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073178
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