A1 Journal article (refereed)
Does job design make workers happy? (2020)

Böckerman, P., Bryson, A., Kauhanen, A., & Kangasniemi, M. (2020). Does job design make workers happy?. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 67(1), 31-52. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12211

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Böckerman, P.; Bryson, A.; Kauhanen, A.; Kangasniemi, M.

Journal or series: Scottish Journal of Political Economy

ISSN: 0036-9292

eISSN: 1467-9485

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 67

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 31-52

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Scottish Economic Society

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12211

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67579

Publication is parallel published: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073178/


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: human resource management; employees; well-being; well-being at work; work satisfaction; stress (biological phenomena); work burden; work content

Free keywords: HRM; job control; job demands; job design; job satisfaction; job support; stress; supervisors; worker well‐being

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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