Happy Ever After? Explain the Relationship between Subjective Well-Being and Work Performance in the Affective and Cognitive Perspectives

Huang, Y. M., and Tsai, Y. T. 2019. Happy Ever After? Explain the Relationship between Subjective Well-Being and Work Performance in the Affective and Cognitive Perspectives. NTU Management Review, 29 (3): 1-34. doi:10.6226/NTUMR.201912_29(3).0007

Yin-Mei Huang, Department of Business Administration, Tunghai University
Yun-Ting Tsai, On-Hand Electronic Co, Ltd.

Abstract

This study focuses on the effects of subjective well-being (SWB), and aims to examine the mediating processes in the relationships of SWB and job performance. According to the broaden-and-build theory (Fredrickson, 2001, 2003), this study proposes job satisfaction and self-efficacy as the affect-driven and cognition-driven mediators to explain why SWB impacts helping behavior and task performance. There are 155 employees and 61 supervisors, totaling 155 dyads, responding the survey. Results showed that SWB was a multi-dimensional construct, dividing into happiness, life satisfaction, life meaning, and loving myself. Results showed that happiness and life satisfaction were positively related to job satisfaction and then indirectly increased helping behavior. Results also revealed that self-efficacy mediated the relationships of happiness, life meaning and task performance. 


Keywords

subjective well-beingjob satisfactionself-efficacyhelping behaviortask performance


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