Instytut Psychologii, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
The study of 351 Polish employees tested the relationship between work engagement (Schaufeli, Bakker, 2004) and organizational factors that play an important role in development of burnout. The author hypothesized that the same organizational factors would play the main role also in the motivational process and influence work engagement. On the basis of the person-job fit theory, the author predicted that the match between person and work in such areas as workload, control, rewards, community, fairness and values (The Six Areas of Worklife by Maslach and Leiter) with addition of new area: leadership (supervisor support, open communication) would be important organizational factors that influence employees engagement at work. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the positive relationship between the subjective set of fit and work engagement (vigor and dedication) will be mediated by the meaning assigned to work. To test the model, structural equation modeling was applied to the collected data. The direct relationship between sense of fitting and work engagement was found to be partially mediated by employees perceptions of meaning in work.
Keywords: Work engagement, person-job fit, leadership, meaning in work
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Chirkowska-Smolak, T. (2016). Person-job fit and work engagement: The mediating effect of meaning in work. Psychologia Społeczna, 36, 34-44. doi: 10.7366/1896180020163603