What is work engagement and the science behind it?

July 24, 2019

This blogpost will give you a short overview of the scientific background behind Emooter. You will learn what work engagement is and how does it benefit your well-being and your performance.

What is Work Engagement?

It is a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind. It is your experience of your work and well-being. When you are experiencing positive work engagement you feel energetic and have meaningful connection to your work and you can deal with the demands you face. Work engagement can be improved by crafting or modifying your own job. Positive news is that job crafting means changing small daily practices, for which you don't need any pre-approval from HR or your supervisor. You can read about job crafting in another blog.

Why you should care about work engagement?

While feeling work engagement you are more satisfied with your life and work. You also have better relationships at and off-work. You are healthier and you learn new skills faster. Work engagement also prevents you from exhaustion and even burnout. Work engagement spills over to your colleagues and your off-work relationships, and thus is interactive by its nature. Hence, even one person experiencing high and positive work engagement can make a difference in a team.

Scientific background of work engagement

Work engagement is one of the key components in positive work psychology, which foundations lie in person's strengths, well-being and internal motivation. Usually work engagement is measured using Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES). Emooter uses a version of nine globally researched questions, which have been developed in the Utrecht University in Netherlands and validated in over 30 languages. There is vast research background to back the job crafting improvement ideas from the global scientific research.

How do you experience work engagement?

Work engagement is characterized by your feelings of vigor, absorption and dedication. Vigor refers to high level of energy and mental resilience while working, the willingness to invest effort in one’s work, and persistence in the face of difficulties. Absorption refers to being fully concentrated and engrossed in one’s work, whereby time passes quickly and one has difficulties detaching oneself from work. Dedication refers to being involved in one’s work, finding meaning in one’s work, being positively challenged, experiencing sense of enthusiasm, inspiration and pride. Emooter measures work engagement and therefore your work well-being with these three factors.

Impact of work engagement

When experiencing positive work engagement you and your team members feel better and more satisfied both at work and at home. Work engagement has effects on an organizational level too. People experiencing work engagement have higher customer satisfaction and they are more likely to enjoy their work and continue working for the company. In addition to your own well-being, work engagement improves your performance, productivity and creativity.

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