Subjective Well-being in Organizations

Arnold B. Bakker and Wido G.M. Oerlemans

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Subjective Well-being in Organizations

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This chapter focuses on the concept of subjective well-being (SWB) in organizations. We use the circumplex model of affect as a theoretical framework to distinguish between specific types of work-related subjective well-being, including work engagement, job satisfaction, happiness at work, workaholism, and burnout. In addition, we will link positive types of work-related SWB to job performance. Specific attention is paid to capturing the dynamics of SWB in work settings on a daily basis.

Keywords: Burnout; employee engagement; happiness; job satisfaction; subjective well-being; workaholism

Article.  8019 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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