Worker well-being and the importance of work: Bridging the gap

John W. Budd, David A. Spencer

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The importance of worker well-being is widely embraced both in theory and policy, but there are numerous perspectives on what it is, how to measure it, whether it needs improving and if so, how to improve it. We argue that a more complete approach to worker well-being needs to consider workers as full citizens who derive and experience both public and private benefits and costs from working. A broad framework on the meanings of work is used to expand the boundaries of worker well-being to reflect the broad importance of work in human life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-196
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 3 2015

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  • Job quality
  • meanings of work
  • quality of work
  • well-being


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