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Does employees’ subjective well-being affect workplace performance?

Bryson, AJ; Forth, J; Stokes, L; (2017) Does employees’ subjective well-being affect workplace performance? Human Relations , 70 (8) pp. 1017-1037. 10.1177/0018726717693073. Green open access

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Abstract

This article uses linked employer–employee data to investigate the relationship between employees’ subjective well-being and workplace performance in Britain. The analyses show a clear, positive and statistically significant relationship between the average level of job satisfaction at the workplace and workplace performance. The relationship is present in both cross-sectional and panel analyses and is robust to various estimation methods and model specifications. In contrast, we find no association between levels of job-related affect and workplace performance. Ours is the first study of its kind for Britain to use nationally representative data and it provides novel findings regarding the importance of worker job satisfaction in explaining workplace performance. The findings suggest that there is a prima facie case for employers to maintain and raise levels of job satisfaction among their employees. They also indicate that initiatives to raise aggregate job satisfaction should feature in policy discussions around how to improve levels of productivity and growth.

Type: Article
Title: Does employees’ subjective well-being affect workplace performance?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0018726717693073
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/0018726717693073
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: Job satisfaction, job/employee attitudes, job-related affect, subjective well-being, workplace performance
UCL classification: UCL
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 - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555661
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