The Meaning of Work for the Individual

A large sample of German employed, non-working, and unemployed people is regularly consulted on aspects of their everyday actions, the experienced meaning of labor, their mental health and numerous work-related attitudes and outcomes. This, for the first time, makes it possible to look at longitudinal developments and changes in their work experiences and on their effect on the individual and their subjective feeling.


Funding: Departmental funds, Sponsoring of a respondent panel by, GfK AG, Nürnberg


Project duration: 2008 – present



JKU Linz: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernad Batinic, Dr. Barbara Stiglbauer, Dr. Eva Selenko

University Erlangen-Nuremberg: Dr. Karsten Paul



  • Batinic, B., Selenko, E., Stiglbauer, B. & Paul, K. I. (2010). Are workers in high-status jobs healthier than others? Assessing Jahoda’s latent benefits of employment in two working populations. Work & Stress, 24, 73-84.
  • Paul, K. I. & Batinic, B. (2010). The need for work: Jahoda’s latent functions of employment in a representative sample of the German population. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 45-64.
  • Selenko, E. & Batinic, B. (2012). Job insecurity and the benefits of work. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22, 725-736.
  • Selenko, E., Batinic, B. & Paul, K. I. (2011). Does latent deprivation lead to psychological distress? Investigating Jahoda’s model in a four-wave study. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 84, 723-740.
  • Stiglbauer, B. & Batinic B. (2012). The Role of Jahoda’s Latent and Financial Benefits for Work Involvement: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 259-268.
  • Stiglbauer, B., Selenko, E., Batinic, B. & Jodlbauer, S. (2012). On the link between job insecurity, well-being, and turnover intentions and the moderating effect of work involvement. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17, 354-364.