Work well-being: a study of its relations with social climate, coping and demographics variables

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Fábio Rocha Sobrinho
Juliana Barreiros Porto


The current study has as its main goal to identify the influence demographic variables, social climate and coping have on work well-being. Towards this end, we used scales of work well-being composed by three factors: self-fulfillment, negative and positive affects, and social climate, all adapted to the organizational context and composed by the factors of innovation, performance, recognition, autonomy, and coping as composed by control, escape and management. A sample of 2,483 employees from a Religious educational organization took part in this research, which corresponds to 58% of the organization's population. As observed, age and education levels positively influence the variation of work well-being. Correlation and regression analysis show that all social climate factors influence work well-being; in particular, autonomy presented a moderate to high positive correlation, and recognition with work well-being and the factors innovation and performance showed the strongest correlations. Factors of coping-appraisal focus and emotion focus had stronger impact on the results. The conclusion is that social climate and mastering coping have meaningful roles for predicting work well-being. Limitations of this paper are the fact that data were collected by the organization and the study was done in only one organization.


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Rocha Sobrinho, F., & Porto, J. B. (1). Work well-being: a study of its relations with social climate, coping and demographics variables. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 16(2), 253-270.