Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance?

37 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015

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Alex Bryson

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

John Forth

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Lucy Stokes

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Abstract

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.

Keywords: subjective wellbeing, job satisfaction, job-related affect, workplace performance

JEL Classification: J28

Suggested Citation

Bryson, Alex and Forth, John and Stokes, Lucy, Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9096, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655044

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John Forth

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Lucy Stokes

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

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