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Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance?

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  • Bryson, Alex

    (University College London)

  • Forth, John

    (Cass Business School)

  • Stokes, Lucy

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

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This paper 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. This finding 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.

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  • Bryson, Alex & Forth, John & Stokes, Lucy, 2015. "Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance?," IZA Discussion Papers 9096, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    subjective wellbeing; job satisfaction; job-related affect; workplace performance;
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    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy

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