"Debuzzing the buzz" for the day: work engagement and its diminishment

Timms, C., and Graham, D. (2013) "Debuzzing the buzz" for the day: work engagement and its diminishment. In: Inaugral Australian Psychological Society College Health Psychology Conference (1) p. 16. From: 2013 Inaugral Australian Psychological Society College Health Psychology Conference, 5-6 April 2013, Cairns, QLD.

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Abstract

Work engagement is an important concept because it is associated with optimum worker well-being and productivity. Theoretical linkages with work burnout and consequent associations with the psycho-social work environment have been influential in the development of assumptions that its antecedents are extrinsic in nature. This qualitative analysis of ten interview responses of professional people, who reported ambivalent scores on the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) and disagreement with items of the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI), reveals that work engagement can be diminished by intrinsic as well as psycho-social factors. The study examined individual stories within three thematic frameworks. Some respondents reported having to adjust their expectations (formed during training or early career experience) to realities encountered in their careers. The second theme focussed on local management contributing to untenable work environments whereby respondents reported that their integrity was compromised. The third theme in the current research investigated the impact of decisions made at 'arms length' by distant management or government legislation that created a heavy burden effectively changing the nature of people’s work and affecting their ability to do their job.

Item ID: 26368
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 23:18
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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