New evidence of the relationship between employee satisfaction and firm economic performance (paper published)

satisfied workerWith my colleagues Santiago Melián and Beatriz López Gónzález-Valcárcel, we have just published in the journal Personnel Review that belongs to Emerald the paper titled “New evidence of the relationship between employee satisfaction and firm economic performance“.

This is the structured abstract:

Purpose. Employee satisfaction appears in any discussion about how employees can contribute to organizational performance. The purpose of this paper is to test the relationship between employee satisfaction and organizational performance; this later measured with three firm-level performance outcomes (return over assets, operating margin, and revenue per employee).

Design/methodology/approach. At different times and from two independent sources the authors obtained firms’ data about worker attitudes and financial and productivity performance, respectively. The analyzed sample of 475 firms is the biggest among the studies that analyze performance and employee satisfaction at the firm level. The impact of employee satisfaction over firm performance was assessed.

Findings. Overall satisfaction and satisfaction with senior leadership, compensation, and work/life balance, respectively impact firm performance.

Research limitations/implications. The ratings come from both employees and ex-employees and the individual characteristics were unknown. Additionally as an internet-based sample there has been a lack of control over the individuals’ response process.

Practical implications. Managers have evidence about the importance of their employees’ satisfaction on firm performance, and on how the facets involved on worker satisfaction impact the performance.

Social implications. Employer review web sites are increasing their popularity. However, unlike the marketing field with consumers HR area has not taken advantage of this trend. The found results may contribute to highlight the importance of this kind of data.

Originality/value. Hitherto there is only one empirical evidence about the positive role of worker satisfaction in objective and financial firm level performance. That was based in best-firms type data. The current study draws in a big sample independent of this kind of rankings. Additionally, the job facet satisfaction conceptualization considered demonstrates the usefulness of this way to understand the employee satisfaction.

(photo by Happy Business Worker , Flickr)

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