How work shapes well-being

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Brianna Barker Caza, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This chapter explores the positive and negative ways that work affects individual well-being. The authors draw on psychological research to define well-being as the subjective psychological, physical and social experiences of individuals. Following a general discussion of well-being and its structure, they detail the various pathways through which work influences well-being. They discuss the considerable impact of work on how people spend their time, where and how well they live, their psychological experience of themselves and others, and other important effects of work. The chapter pays particularly close attention to the economic influence of work, the influence of the content of the work itself, and the context in which work happens on general well-being. Finally, key individual factors that shape the experience of work and its impact on individual well-being are considered. The chapter concludes by highlighting important avenues for future research.

Additional Information

A. Conley, S. David, and I. Boniwell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. (pp. 693-710). New York: Oxford University Press
Language: English
Date: 2013
well-being, subjective experience of work, economic functions of work, work orientation, physical health, job design, meaning of work

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