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Does high involvement management improve worker wellbeing?

Bryson, Alex and Böckerman, Petri and Ilmakunnas, Pekka (2011) Does high involvement management improve worker wellbeing? NIESR discussion paper, no. 380. National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London, UK.

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Identification Number: no. 380

Abstract

Employees exposed to high involvement management (HIM) practices have higher subjective wellbeing, fewer accidents but more short absence spells than “like” employees not exposed to HIM. These results are robust to extensive work, wage and sickness absence history controls. We present a model which highlights the possibility of higher short-term absence in the presence of HIM because it is more demanding than standard production and because multi-skilled HIM workers cover for one another‟s short absences thus reducing the cost of replacement labour faced by the employer. We find direct empirical support for the assumptions in the model. Consistent with the model, because long-term absences entail replacement labour costs for HIM and non-HIM employers alike, long-term absences are independent of exposure to HIM.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.niesr.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2011 National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2011 09:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/38570

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