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Job stress in the United Kingdom: are small and medium-sized enterprises and large enterprises different?

Lai, Yanqing, Saridakis, George and Blackburn, Robert (2015) Job stress in the United Kingdom: are small and medium-sized enterprises and large enterprises different? Stress and Health, 31(3), pp. 222-235. ISSN (print) 1532-3005

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationships between firm size and employees' experience of work stress. We used a matched employer-employee dataset (Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2011) that comprises of 7182 employees from 1210 private organizations in the United Kingdom. Initially, we find that employees in small and medium-sized enterprises experience lower level of overall job stress than those in large enterprises, although the effect disappears when we control for individual and organizational characteristics in the model. We also find that quantitative work overload, job insecurity and poor promotion opportunities, good work relationships and poor communication are strongly associated with job stress in the small and medium-sized enterprises, whereas qualitative work overload, poor job autonomy and employee engagements are more related with larger enterprises. Hence, our estimates show that the association and magnitude of estimated effects differ significantly by enterprise size.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs, work stress, job stressors, enterprise size
Research Area: Business and management studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Small Business Research Centre
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Depositing User: George Saridakis
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 10:17
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 12:15
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/26521

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