Recessionary changes at work and employee well-being: the protective roles of national- and workplace-level institutions

Ogbonnaya, Chidiebere, Gahan, Peter and Constanze, Eib (2018) Recessionary changes at work and employee well-being: the protective roles of national- and workplace-level institutions. European Journal of Industrial Relations. ISSN 0959-6801 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis was characterised by major changes to employees’ experiences at work. This study investigates the potential adverse well-being effects of two of such changes: perceived organisational distress and job deterioration. The study also examines the extent to which two national-level institutions (employment protection legislation and collective bargaining coverage) and corresponding institutions at the workplace level (employment contract and union membership) may act as buffers against these effects. Using data from 21 European countries, we show that recessionary changes are associated with reduced psychological well-being and greater levels of work–nonwork interference among workers. Our analysis also supports the proposition that different national- and workplace-level institutions may act as buffers against adverse well-being outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Recession, perceived organizational distress, job deterioration, institutions, well-being, Europe
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Research Centres and Groups: Future of Work Hub
Depositing User: Chidiebere Ogbonnaya
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 14:23
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 14:23
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80428

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