What It Takes to Be Satisfied at Work: Health, Voice and Work Satisfaction in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile

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January 2009

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Using People's Security data from three countries, Argentina, Brazil and Chile, the article examines which objective and subjective work place factors increase work satisfaction. The link between work satisfaction and various exogenous work-related factors is explored within a theoretical framework that integrates the academic work satisfaction literature, especially insights from the human potential movement and newer findings from the hedonic psychology and economics literature, with the more social policy oriented seven dimensions of socioeconomic security codified by the United Nations´ International Labour Organization. Employing ordered probit models, this article argues that aspects such as attending to occupational health and safety hazards, voice representation and confidence in continued employment are key predictors of work satisfaction across countries and occupations.

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