Employee Well-Being in Higher Education – ‘GNH of Business’ in Hungarian


The quantification of organisational happiness and wellbeing is a major challenge, not only in for-profit organisations, but also in educational institutions. A happy teacher is more motivated and committed to his/her teaching and learning activities. In the literature, research findings are mainly concerned with the wellbeing of students and learners, while the study of teachers remains in the background. The aim of the present research is to use a less known and less applied measurement method to identify the most important characteristics that most influence teachers' and professors' feelings of wellbeing. The study was carried out among institutions of economic higher education in a small country in Central and Eastern Europe. We sought a solution that could provide a holistic picture of the satisfaction and sense of wellbeing of teachers and professors working in the institution. The quantitative study involved 239 faculty members and 14 managers who completed questionnaires according to the 'GNH of Business' methodology developed in Bhutan. Following the logic of the method, 29 indicators were used to rate wellbeing based on individual satisfaction in 5 domains, followed by an organisational happiness index. The results show that organizational happiness is most influenced by non-monetary benefits in the area of quality of life, and trust is the most influencing factor within the psychological wellbeing indicator. On the side of organizational conditions, it is mainly managerial thinking and decision making that can raise the value of the organizational happiness index through the indicators of cultural and ecological diversity.

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Andrea Bencsik, University of Pannonia, Hungary
Dora G. Kocsis, Freelancer, Hungary

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Conference: IICE2024
Stream: Higher education

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To cite this article:
Bencsik A., & Kocsis D. (2024) Employee Well-Being in Higher Education – ‘GNH of Business’ in Hungarian ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2024.21
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2024.21

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