This research builds upon previous studies of the effects of inequity theory on well-being at work. The purpose of this study was to understand the intersection of equity theory and well-being for US employees in modern corporate organizations. Specifically, the study aims to answer the research question-When one employee prioritizes their well-being, how does it affect their work teammates’ well-being? Twenty full-time corporate employees from various companies and industries each participated in a survey and an interview. Overall, this research found that prioritizing well-being at work generally positively impacts those around them. However, it has a negative impact when the teammates already find that individual to be in an over-benefitting situation by either underperforming or consistently needing support.

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Employees--Well-being; Corporations--United States; Equity

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Graziadio Business School



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Ann Feyerherm