How can personal development lead to increased engagement? The roles of meaningfulness and perceived line manager relations

Luke Fletcher

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Abstract

There is an increasing need to understand the psychological processes that link personal development with employee engagement, particularly the boundary conditions at which these occur. The current study sought to meet this need by testing whether perceived opportunities for development are positively associated with job engagement indirectly through the experience of meaningfulness, and whether this indirect relationship is conditional on the level of perceived line manager relations. Questionnaire data was collected from 152 UK workers from a range of occupations and organizations. The results found support for all the hypotheses. In particular, the positive effects of perceived opportunities for development on job engagement (measured one month later) via meaningfulness was only significant for those who perceived that they had a good relationship with their line manager. Thus, there is a need for line managers to develop high quality relationships with their direct reports in order for development practices to translate into positive psychological outcomes. Engagement theory could be advanced by further understanding broaden-and-build and social exchange processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human Resource Management on 13/05/2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2016.1184177

Keywords

  • Engagement
  • line management
  • meaningfulness
  • moderated mediation
  • personal development

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