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Exploring the Factors of Employee Subjective Well-Being in the Midst of Health Threat: An Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government during the COVID-19

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Department of Public & Police Administration, Hannam University, Daejeon 34430, Korea
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Department of Politics & Public Administration, Hallym University, Chuncheon 24252, Korea
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Academic Editors: Horacio Molina-Sánchez, Gabriele Giorgi, Dante Castillo Guajardo and Antonio Ariza-Montes
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 408; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010408
Received: 23 November 2021 / Revised: 20 December 2021 / Accepted: 28 December 2021 / Published: 31 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rethinking the Subjective Wellbeing for a New Workplace Scenario)
The recent COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to employee well-being and will have a lasting impact on how safe employees feel about their work environment. This study aims at examining: (1) the impact of safety perception of employees on their job attitudes; and (2) what factors affect their expectations that their organizations will effectively protect them from potential health threats. Using data from the U.S. Federal Government, this study divided organizational responses to COVID-19 aimed at protecting their employees into the following three types: protecting the employees while working on site, reducing the number of employees working on-site, and providing mental and health assistance. The effects of these organizational responses were analysed separately, and regression analysis was performed with these factors with regards to employees’ safety perception. The results showed that the first group of measures, protecting the employees while they are in the workplace, had generally the most significant influences on employees’ feeling of safety. The attempt to protect those in vulnerable medical conditions was also seen as significant. These findings show that organizations need to protect their employees in the workplaces during a health crisis. View Full-Text
Keywords: employee well-being; the COVID-19; safety perception; federal employees; workplace health promotion; social distancing; flexible work schedule; telework; job satisfaction; employee protection employee well-being; the COVID-19; safety perception; federal employees; workplace health promotion; social distancing; flexible work schedule; telework; job satisfaction; employee protection
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Lee, H.-W.; Rhee, D.-Y. Exploring the Factors of Employee Subjective Well-Being in the Midst of Health Threat: An Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government during the COVID-19. Sustainability 2022, 14, 408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010408

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Lee H-W, Rhee D-Y. Exploring the Factors of Employee Subjective Well-Being in the Midst of Health Threat: An Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government during the COVID-19. Sustainability. 2022; 14(1):408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010408

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Lee, Hyung-Woo, and Dong-Young Rhee. 2022. "Exploring the Factors of Employee Subjective Well-Being in the Midst of Health Threat: An Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government during the COVID-19" Sustainability 14, no. 1: 408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010408

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