The impact of happiness on managers' contextual and task performance



Publication Details

Hosie, P., Willemyns, M. & Sevastos, P. 2012, 'The impact of happiness on managers' contextual and task performance', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 268-287.


"The happy-productive worker thesis has long intrigued organisational researchers and practitioners. Despite mixed empirical evidence from decades of research, there is support in the literature for this thesis. An account is provided on a variation on the enduring debate of the happiness-productivity theme, to support an emerging happy-performing managers proposition. An empirical study is presented to establish the dimensions of managers' job happiness (operationalised as affective well-being and intrinsic job satisfaction) associated with contextual and task performance. The emphasis was on investigating an aspect of human behaviour with the potential to enhance managerial performance. These findings inform the broader debate on what determines the job performance of managers."

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