Are You Happy At Work?

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Better Life Index revealed last week that while the U.S. ranks No. 1 in terms of income compared to other OECD countries, it lags far behind in terms of work-life balance.

A new study in the Journal of Management (JOM) examines this all-important relationship, asking how our work lives contribute to our overall level of life happiness. Berrin Erdogan, Talya N. Bauer, Donald M. Truxillo, and Layla R. Mansfield, all of Portland State University, published “Whistle While You Work: A Review of the Life Satisfaction Literature” in the July 2012 issue of JOM. To see other articles in this issue, click here.

The abstract:

Life satisfaction is a key indicator of subjective well-being. This article is a review of the multidisciplinary literature on the relationship between life satisfaction and the work domain. A discussion of top-down and bottom-up theories of life satisfaction is included, and the literatures on work-related antecedents of life satisfaction, the proximal mediators (quality of work life, quality of nonwork life, and feelings of self-worth), and consequences of life satisfaction were reviewed. A meta-analysis of life satisfaction with respect to career satisfaction, job performance, turnover intentions, and organizational commitment was performed. Each major section of the article concludes with a future opportunities subsection where gaps in the research are discussed.

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