Does social capital in the workplace predict job performance, work engagement, and psychological well-being? A prospective analysis

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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the prospective association between social capital in the workplace and self-reported job performance, work engagement, and psychological well-being. Methods: Survey data on 538 employees in the dairy industry were analyzed using linear multilevel regression analysis. Social capital was analyzed as individual-level and aggregated team-level variables. Follow-up time was approximately 2 years. Analyses were adjusted for age, sex, outcome measured at T1, and random effects at team level. Results: Individual-level social capital at T1 predicted self-reported job performance, and psychological well-being at T2. Changes in individual-level and team-level social capital from T1 to T2 were significantly associated with self-reported job performance, work engagement, and psychological well-being at T2. Conclusions: Social capital in the workplace is associated with relevant outcomes for work organizations. Workplace interventions to enhance social capital are recommended.

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Clausen T, Meng A, Borg V. Does social capital in the workplace predict job performance, work engagement, and psychological well-being? A prospective analysis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2019;61(10):800-805.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001672

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