Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance?

| Publication date: 22 May 2015 | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity, Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J; Stokes, L

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.

Keyword tags: 
subjective well being
job satisfaction
job-related affect
workplace performance
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