Effects of organizational change on worker wellbeing and the moderating role of trade unions

Publication date: 20 Nov 2012 | Publication type: Conference and seminar output | Theme: Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A | External Author(s): Barth, E. and Bryson, A.

We explore the effects of organizational change on employee wellbeing using multivariate analyses of linked employer-employee data for Britain, with particular emphasis on whether unions moderate these effects. Our nationally representative data consist of 13,500 employees in 1,238 workplaces. Organizational changes are associated with increased job-related anxiety and lower job satisfaction. The negative effects of organizational change on employee job-related anxiety, however, are ameliorated when employees work in a unionized workplace and are involved in the introduction of the changes.

Keyword tags: 
organizational change, wellbeing, job satisfaction, trade unions

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