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Employee Satisfaction, Firm Value and Firm Productivity

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  • Roger Best

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    (University of Central Missouri)

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    We examine whether self-reported employee satisfaction is associated with higher firm valuation and productivity. Using a sample of firms from Fortune magazine’s list of "100 Best Companies to Work For", companies in which employees report high levels of satisfaction, we find that these firms have valuations that are significantly greater than both their respective industry medians and matched firms. The firms in our sample also exhibit greater levels of productivity and efficiency. Thus, successful efforts in increasing employee satisfaction appear to enhance overall firm productivity, which is subsequently rewarded by investors through higher equity values.

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    Paper provided by University of Central Missouri, Department of Economics & Finance in its series Working Papers with number 0806.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: May 2008
    Date of revision: May 2008
    Handle: RePEc:umn:wpaper:0806

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