Title

Daily self-management and employee work engagement

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Publication Date

2-1-2014

Volume

84

Issue

1

First Page

31

Last Page

38

Publisher

Academic Press

Keywords

Diary study, Employee engagement, Job resources, Self-management, Work engagement

Abstract

The present study adopts a bottom-up approach to work engagement by examining how self-management is related to employees' work engagement on a daily basis. Specifically, we hypothesized that on days that employees use more self-management strategies, they report higher resources at work and in turn, are more vigorous, dedicated, and absorbed in their work (i.e., engaged) on these days. We tested this hypothesis in a sample of 72 maternity nurses who filled out an online diary for 5. days (N= 360 data points). In line with our hypotheses, results of multilevel structural equation modeling analyses showed that daily self-management was positively related to the resourcefulness of the daily work environment (i.e., more skill variety, feedback, and developmental opportunities) and consequently, to employees' daily work engagement. However, contrary to our expectations, the measurement model showed that two of the five included self-management strategies (i.e., self-reward and self-punishment) loaded onto a separate factor and were unrelated to all job resources. The findings contribute to our understanding of employees' role in regulating their own daily work engagement.

DOI

10.1016/j.jvb.2013.11.002

Print ISSN

00018791

E-ISSN

10959084

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Breevaart, K., Bakker, A. B., & Demerouti, E. (2014). Daily self-management and employee work engagement. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84(1), 31-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2013.11.002

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