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The meaning of employee engagement

Available Online http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.111...
Publication Date March 2008
Author William H. Macey and Benjamin Schneider
Source Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Source Type Association Publication

This article focuses on the construct of employee engagement. The authors argue that the term engagement is used in different ways by scholars and practitioners. They further argue that sometimes the term refers to psychological states, whereas other times it is operationalized as traits. Still other times, it is defined as behaviors. The authors use current theory and research to offer propositions about these different types of engagement. They also provide some predictions regarding the effects of job characteristics and leadership on the different types of engagement.

Keywords employee engagement, behavioral engagement, trait engagement, state engagement, job attitudes, leadership

Macey, W. H., & Schneider, B. (2008). The meaning of the employee engagement. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 1(1), 3–30.

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