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Work orientations, well-being and job content of self-employed and employed professionals

Warr, Peter and Inceoglu, Ilke (2017) Work orientations, well-being and job content of self-employed and employed professionals Work, Employment and Society, 32 (2).

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Abstract

Drawing on psychology-derived theories and methods, a questionnaire survey compared principal kinds of work orientation, job content and mental well-being between self-employed and organisationally employed professional workers. Self-employment was found to be particularly associated with energised well-being in the form of job engagement. The presence in self-employment of greater challenge, such as an enhanced requirement for personal innovation, accounted statistically for self-employed professionals’ greater job engagement, and self-employed professionals more strongly valued personal challenge than did professionals employed in an organisation. However, no between-role differences occurred in respect of supportive job features such as having a comfortable workplace. Differences in well-being, job content and work orientations were found primarily in comparison between self-employees and organisational non-managers. The study emphasises the need to distinguish conceptually and empirically between different forms of work orientation, job content and well-being, and points to the value of incorporating psychological thinking in some sociological research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Warr, Peter
Inceoglu, Ilkei.inceoglu@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 21 August 2017
Identification Number : 10.1177/0950017017717684
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2017. This is the accepted manuscript version of an article that can be found in its published form at DOI: org/10.1177/0950017017717684
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Uncontrolled Keywords : Job engagement; Job satisfaction; Person–job fit; Preferences; Professional workers; Self-employment; Values; Work orientations
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2017 08:15
Last Modified : 20 Apr 2018 11:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842146

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