Title: What makes employees happy at work? Evidence from cross-sectional data in India

Authors: Iqra Zaffar; Abdul Gani

Addresses: Department of Management Studies, Central University of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, 191201, India ' Department of Management Studies, Central University of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, 191201, India

Abstract: This study examines the state of happiness of Indian employees, identifies the antecedents of their happiness, and explores the correlates of their workplace happiness. It is based on a sample of 400 public sector employees belonging to the education, health, banking and manufacturing sectors in northern India. SPSS version 23 was used to analyse the collected data using descriptive and inferential statistical tests. Results indicate that most employees are contented with their happiness at work, but their overall happiness level is not very high. The studies' findings reinforce that flow, intrinsic motivation and supportive organisational experiences are important contributors to employee happiness. The study results indicate that the type of family, income and years of experience significantly affect employee happiness. The study highlights the organisational interventions which can contribute to employee workplace happiness. This endeavour would also have important implications for the interpretation of the predictors of employee happiness.

Keywords: workplace; happiness; happiness antecedents; happiness correlates; public sector; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2022.10040797

International Journal of Happiness and Development, 2022 Vol.7 No.1, pp.15 - 39

Received: 15 Apr 2021
Accepted: 07 Jul 2021

Published online: 15 Jul 2022 *

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