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Job satisfaction and implications for organizational sustainability: a resource efficiency perspective

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Publication date

29 Mar 2021

Summary

This study contributes to the organizational sustainability literature by exploring a methodology for defining and making the notion of employee flourishing at work operational. It applies stochastic frontier methods on British longitudinal data to estimate the maximum job satisfaction that employees can achieve should they utilize their resources efficiently. It offers a new perspective on the notion of social comparisons and extends the literature by demonstrating the scope for organizational intervention in the context of commonly assumed, time invariant variables, which are often thought to be beyond interventionist possibilities. Findings suggest that many British employees fail to reach their job satisfaction potential, reporting satisfaction scores below those of their peers with similar resource endowments. This inefficiency correlates strongly with personality traits. Implications for organizational sustainability policy and practice are discussed.

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

13

DOI

https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073794

ISSN

16

Subjects

Psychology, Human Capital, Sociology Of Labour, Labour Market, Organizations And Firms, and Well Being

Notes

Open Access; This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

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