Friday, April 24, 2009

Towards a model of work engagement

Bakker, A.B. & Demerouti, E. (2008). Towards a model of work engagement. Career Development Internatonal, 13, 209-223.

Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of the recently introduced concept of work engagement.

Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative and quantitative studies on work engagement are reviewed to uncover the manifestation of engagement, and reveal its antecedents and consequences.

Findings – Work engagement can be defined as a state including vigor, dedication, and absorption. Job and personal resources are the main predictors of engagement; these resources gain their salience in the context of high job demands. Engaged workers are more creative, more productive, and more willing to go the extra mile.

Originality/value – The findings of previous studies are integrated in an overall model that can be used to develop work engagement and advance career development in today’s workplace.

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