Does Job Design Make Workers Happy?

22 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2020

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Petri Böckerman

Labour Institute for Economic Research

Alex Bryson

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

Antti Kauhanen

ETLA, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy

Mari Kangasniemi

University of Sussex

Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

Using linked employer‐employee data for Finland we examine associations between job design, employee well‐being and job‐related stress. Three key findings stand out. First, in accordance with the theory of Karasek and Karasek and Theorell, job control and supervisory support are positively correlated with employee well‐being and negatively correlated with job‐related stress. Second, as predicted by theory, job demands are positively correlated with job‐related stress. Third, there is no association between job demands and employee well‐being and, contrary to expectations, neither job control nor supervisory support alleviate the negative relationship between job demands and job‐related stress. Our results confirm the importance of job design for employee well‐being.

Keywords: HRM, job control, job demands, job design, job satisfaction, job support, stress, supervisors, worker well‐being

Suggested Citation

Böckerman, Petri and Bryson, Alex and Kauhanen, Antti and Kangasniemi, Mari, Does Job Design Make Workers Happy? (February 2020). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 67, Issue 1, pp. 31-52, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3620295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12211

Petri Böckerman (Contact Author)

Labour Institute for Economic Research

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Antti Kauhanen

ETLA, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ( email )

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Mari Kangasniemi

University of Sussex ( email )

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United Kingdom

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