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Work and Well-Being

In: Well-Being


  • Ivan Robertson

    (Leeds University Business School)

  • Cary Cooper

    (Lancaster University
    Robertson Cooper Ltd)


As Chapter 6 explained, PWB at work is influenced by many factors that are not directly work-related. These factors are important and it is crucial to recognize that what goes on at work is not the only thing that influences PWB at work. It is equally important to recognize that what actually goes on at work is generally the most important factor in how people feel at work. Work-related factors are the most important contributors to PWB at work partly because they have a direct impact on PWB but also because it is easier for organizations to change and improve work-related factors. Improving someone’s relationships with members of their family is not something that an organization might normally expect to be able to do — but improving relationships with someone’s manager or colleagues is a different matter.

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  • Ivan Robertson & Cary Cooper, 2011. "Work and Well-Being," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Well-Being, chapter 0, pages 78-92, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-30673-8_7
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230306738_7

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