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Decent Work as a Necessary Condition for Sustainable Well-Being. A Tale of Pi(i)gs and Farmers

Department of Management, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
Facultad de Administración y Negocios, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, 425 Santiago, Chile
Department of Human Sciences, Università Europea di Roma, 00169 Rome, Italy
Department of Business Administration, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 45071 Toledo, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 1051;
Received: 11 December 2018 / Revised: 9 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
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This article analyzes with a holistic and systematic approach the state of working conditions in the European labor market after the crisis, as well as their effects on worker well-being. For this, a distinction will be made between the southern countries most affected, namely Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain (Piigs), and the northern countries that are, a priori, less damaged by the crisis (Farmers). The samples integrate 7867 workers from the five Piigs countries (36.2%) and 13,894 from the 10 Farmers countries (63.8%). The results have broadly confirmed the research purposes and they established that ensuring well-being is the key to sustainability, growth, and success for workers, groups, and organizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; job quality; well-being; work intensity; social environment sustainability; job quality; well-being; work intensity; social environment
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Ariza-Montes, A.; Giorgi, G.; Hernández-Perlines, F.; Fiz-Perez, J. Decent Work as a Necessary Condition for Sustainable Well-Being. A Tale of Pi(i)gs and Farmers. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1051.

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