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Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436
Previously published as: International Journal of Career Management
Incorporates: Executive Development

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Towards a model of work engagement


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Title:Towards a model of work engagement
Author(s):Arnold B. Bakker, (Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Evangelia Demerouti, (Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Citation:Arnold B. Bakker, Evangelia Demerouti, (2008) "Towards a model of work engagement", Career Development International, Vol. 13 Iss: 3, pp.209 - 223
Keywords:Employee attitudes, Employee participation, Human resource management, Job satisfaction, Organizational behaviour, The Netherlands
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13620430810870476 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Invited paper for Career Development International.
Abstract:

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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