Dynamics of Well-Being

Posted: 14 Apr 2015

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

Well-being refers to a person’s hedonic experience of feeling good and to the eudaimonic experience of fulfillment and purpose. Employee well-being is influenced by experiences at work and, in turn, has an effect on behavior at work such as task performance and other on-the-job behaviors. In this article, I describe well-being as a dynamic construct that changes over time and fluctuates within a person. I review and integrate longitudinal, experience-sampling, and related research on well-being change and variability. I address the role of job stressors, job resources, the interpersonal environment, personal resources, the work–home interface, and performance. I discuss questions of affect symmetry, homology of the between-person and within-person level, and reciprocity between well-being and other variables. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.

Suggested Citation

Sonnentag, Sabine, Dynamics of Well-Being (April 2015). Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 261-293, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-032414-111347

Sabine Sonnentag (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universitätsstraße 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

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