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Employee wellbeing: the impact on productivity and firm performance


  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
  • Christian Krekel
  • George Ward


Does having happier staff mean higher productivity and improvements in companies' bottom line? A study of over 1.8 million employees across 73 countries by Christian Krekel, George Ward and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve detects a strong positive correlation between employee wellbeing, productivity and firm performance.

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  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve & Christian Krekel & George Ward, 2019. "Employee wellbeing: the impact on productivity and firm performance," CentrePiece - The Magazine for Economic Performance 556, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepcnp:556

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    Cited by:

    1. Berton, Fabio & Dughera, Stefano & Ricci, Andrea, 2019. "Unions and Firms' Investments: A Unified View," IZA Discussion Papers 12515, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    employee satisfaction; engagement; employee productivity; firm performance; wellbeing; meta-analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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