Perceived organizational support for the use of employees’ strengths and employee well‑being: A cross‑country comparison

M.C. Meyers*, B.G. Adams, Lusanda Sekaja, Carmen Buzea, Ana-Maria Cazan, Mihaela Gotea, Delia Stefenel, M. van Woerkom

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Abstract

Prior research in Western contexts has pointed to the benefits of supporting employees in the use of their personal strengths at work. This manuscript aims to investigate the invariance of the relationship between employees’ perceived organizational support for the use of their strengths and their well-being (work engagement, burnout, and satisfaction with life) across countries. To this end, we collected a cross-sectional sample of n = 1894 working individuals from five different countries (Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Romania, and South Africa). The results of multigroup path analysis indicated that the relationships
between support for the use of their strengths at work and the three indicators of well-being did not differ across the five countries. Perceived support for the use of strengths displayed a significant positive relationship with work engagement and satisfaction with life and a significant negative relationship with burnout. Consequently, our findings provide initial evidence for the universal benefits of focusing on individual strengths at work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1825-1841
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • CULTURAL-VALUES
  • Cross-country comparison
  • DIMENSIONS
  • Employee well-being
  • Employees
  • FIT INDEXES
  • INTERVENTION
  • Individual strengths
  • JOB
  • MODERATORS
  • SATISFACTION
  • SIGNATURE STRENGTHS
  • Use of strengths
  • VALIDATION
  • WORK ENGAGEMENT

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