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Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2018 Jun;24(2):181-189. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2016.1216365. Epub 2016 Aug 25.

The protective effect of job satisfaction in health, happiness, well-being and self-esteem.

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a University of Beira Interior , Portugal.


The purpose of this article is to analyze the possible effects of job satisfaction on mental and physical health, happiness, subjective well-being and self-esteem. A total of 971 Portuguese-speaking adults participated in this study. Most participants reported high rates of satisfaction with their colleagues, the nature of their work and leadership, while reporting dissatisfaction with regard to salaries and promotions. Results indicated the existence of the protector effect of job satisfaction for health, happiness, subjective well-being and self-esteem, in addition to reinforcing the importance of maintaining a positive evaluation of one's work. As a practical implication, the results may suggest that the effects of personnel management policies which emphasize job satisfaction could potentially lead to improvements in levels of health, happiness, subjective well-being and workers' self-esteem, all of which are factors that can potentially improve organizational performance. The study also considered its limitations and the possibility for future investigation.


happiness; health; job satisfaction; self-esteem; subjective well-being

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