Applying the 'happy-productive worker thesis' to Australian managers

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computing, Health and Science




Hosie, P., Forster, N., & Sevastos, P. (2003). Applying the'happy-productive worker thesis' to Australian managers. In Surfing the waves: 17th ANZAM Conference. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University. Abstract only available at https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworks/7140/


This paper examines the 'happy-productive worker' thesis, by investigating the impact of job-related affective well-being and intrinsic job satisfaction on Australian managers' performance. Decades of research have been unable to establish a strong link between intrinsic job satisfaction and performance. Despite mixed empirical evidence, there is support in the literature to suggest that a relationship exists between affective well-being and managers' performance. This research established which indicators of managers' affective well-being and intrinsic job satisfaction predict dimensions of their contextual and task performance. Self-report data were used to measure affective well-being and intrinsic job satisfaction, while supervisor-ratings provided an evaluation of managers' contextual and task performance. An empirical methodology (N=1552 Australian managers) was used to test the research questions and to suggest A Partial Model of Managers' Affective Well-being, Intrinsic Job Satisfaction and Performance.

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