Well-being and work-life balance: Differences between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs

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Contemporary Entrepreneurship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Innovation and Growth
  • Fecha: 01 January 2016
  • Páginas: 173-186
  • ISBN: 9783319281346
  • Source Type: Book
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28134-6_11
  • Document Type: Chapter
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.This paper is a preliminary study about the main variables that impact on wellbeing and the use of work-life balance (WLB) practices, bearing in mind the type of employment, entrepreneurs versus non-entrepreneurs. The relationship between being self-employed and well-being is at least controversial, as there are factors which hamper and foster this relationship. The study is based on the data obtained by means of a self-administered questionnaire addressed to a sample of 100 Spanish engineers. The first results show the existence of significant differences among the variables that generate well-being. In particular, entrepreneurs present a higher job and career satisfaction, enjoying a better social inclusion and WLB culture. In fact, the use of WLB practices among entrepreneurs is higher than among regular employees, which may be a stimulus to entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur is not as difficult as people think and this preliminary analysis shows that they may enjoy a more pleasant situation than employees.

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