An investigation into the validity of two measures of work engagement

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dc.contributor.author Viljevac, A en
dc.contributor.author Cooper Thomas, Helena en
dc.contributor.author Anderson, N en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-05T01:31:39Z en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-26T04:06:14Z en
dc.date.issued 2012 en
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2012, 23 (17), pp. 3692 - 3709 en
dc.identifier.issn 0958-5192 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24679 en
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the validity of two measures of work engagement (the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) and the May, Gilson and Harter scale) that have emerged in the academic literature. Data were collected using surveys with 139 employees in the Auckland-based call centers of two finance organizations, to assess the validity of the two measures. Some evidence for convergent, discriminant and predictive validity was found for both scales, although neither showed discriminant validity with regard to job satisfaction. Overall, the three factors of the UWES (vigor, dedication and absorption) performed slightly better across analyses than the three factors from the May, Gilson and Harter (2004) measure (cognitive, emotional and physical). There are some important differences between the two scales, raising questions about how we should be measuring work engagement. The current use of different descriptions and measures means that findings will be specific to each of these. This limits generalizability across studies, which will both slow theoretical progress and reduce the ability of science to contribute to practice. en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Human Resource Management en
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21555 en
dc.relation.replaces 2292/21555 en
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dc.title An investigation into the validity of two measures of work engagement en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09585192.2011.639542 en
pubs.issue 17 en
pubs.begin-page 3692 en
pubs.volume 23 en
dc.description.version AM - Accepted Manuscript en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Taylor & Francis Ltd. en
pubs.end-page 3709 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 366913 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1466-4399 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-12-04 en


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