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Establishing the Main Determinants of Worker Well-Being

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmployment Contracts, Psychological Contracts, and Employee Well-Being
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Study
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191715389
ISBN (Print)9780199542697
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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The full model that informs the research explores the potential impact on well-being of a range of potential factors including forms of organizational support, employability, features of the role and employment of choice as well as the psychological contract. This chapter draws together the data to provide a test of this full model. It shows that all these factors are significantly associated with outcomes such as well-being, commitment and work-related behaviour. However, when we explore their role as mediators between type of employment contract and outcomes, the results show that employment contracts often retain a significant association with well-being and that temporary workers report more positive outcomes than permanent workers. This is contrary to our initial expectations but is a robust finding that remains after quite rigorous analysis.

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