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Linking high-performance work systems and happiness at work: role of career aspiration and thriving

Faisal Qamar (Department of Business Administration, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Shuaib Ahmed Soomro (Department of Business Administration, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Yasir Mansoor Kundi (School of Business Studies, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 7 August 2023

Issue publication date: 29 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study utilizes self-determination theory (SDT) to understand how high-performance work systems (HPWS) may foster happiness at work through serial transmission pathways of career aspiration and thriving at work.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses data collected from a sample of 309 employees working in various organizations. It uses multilevel, multisource and time-lagged data and applied Mplus 8.0 for hypotheses testing.

Findings

The study findings reveal a positive relationship between HPWS and career aspiration. Career aspiration was positively related to thriving at work and thriving at work was positively associated with happiness at work. Moreover, career aspiration mediated the relationship between HPWS and thriving at work. Whereas, thriving at work mediated the relationship between career aspiration and happiness at work. The results also support the serial mediation of career aspiration and thriving at work between HPWS and happiness at work.

Practical implications

The findings have important implications for organizational practice. Practitioners should consider implementing pro-employee HPWS to support employees' career aspirations and enhance their thriving experience, which may increase their happiness at work.

Originality/value

This is one of the few studies investigating individual-level serial mediators between departmental-level HPWS and employee happiness at work.

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Citation

Qamar, F., Soomro, S.A. and Kundi, Y.M. (2023), "Linking high-performance work systems and happiness at work: role of career aspiration and thriving", Career Development International, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 536-553. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-02-2023-0047

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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