Employee Satisfaction and Work-Life Balance in Accounting Firms and Audit Quality
Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (AJPT), Forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.2308/AJPT-18-029
60 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2018 Last revised: 13 Dec 2020
Date Written: October 26, 2020
The PCAOB’s audit-quality framework posits that superior inputs are essential for achieving high audit quality, and these inputs depend on the accounting firm’s ability to recruit and retain quality personnel. However, the link between these inputs and audit quality has gone largely unexplored due to a lack of data. We use employee-level reviews of accounting firm employers to examine some of these inputs, and test whether accounting firm’s internal characteristics explain employee satisfaction and audit quality. We provide descriptive evidence suggesting that “career opportunities,” “senior management,” and “culture and values” play a more important role in employees’ satisfaction than do “compensation and benefits” or “work-life balance.” While work-life balance is not among the most important factors that are associated with audit employees’ overall satisfaction, better work-life balance is nonetheless associated with higher audit quality. However, we do not find a significant association between audit-employees’ overall job satisfaction and audit quality.
Keywords: audit quality, audit quality indicators, audit quality framework, firm culture, employee satisfaction, work–life balance,work-life balance
JEL Classification: M42
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