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Salaried Employees Not As Happy

Salaried Employees Not As Happy In some employment settings, becoming a professional or a manager is often associated with a shift from an hourly wage to a salary. The new role may include more responsibilities and more stress.

A new study finds another source of pressure may be the reimbursement method as researchers discover people paid by the hour exhibit a stronger relationship between income and happiness.

The study is published in the current issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB), the official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Researchers explored the relationship between income and happiness by focusing on the organizational arrangements that make the connection between time and money.

They found that the way in which an employee is paid is tied to their feeling of happiness.

The researchers theorize that hourly wage-earners focus more attention on their pay than those who earn a salary.

That concrete, consistent focus on the worth of the employee’s time in each paycheck influences the level of happiness the employee feels.

“Much of our day-to-day lives are subject to various organizational practices of payment that can prime different ways of thinking, such as the monetary value of one’s time,” write authors Sanford E. DeVoe of the University of Toronto and Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University.

“It is important to consider the broader context in which people live and work in order to gain a better understanding of the determinants of happiness.”

Source: Sage Communications

Salaried Employees Not As Happy

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Salaried Employees Not As Happy. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/12/11/salaried-employees-not-as-happy/10131.html

 

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