Job Demands, Control, and Support: Looking at Engagement
Abstract (Summary)A cross sectional study of the correlates of employee engagement is reported. The applicability of the Demands Control Support (JDCS) model to understanding employee engagement is tested using survey responses from employees working in the United States of America and internationally. Results support Karasek's (1989) interpretation of the JDC(S) model, suggesting additive, linear relationships between self reported perceptions of demands, control, and support incrementally explained variance in self reported employee engagement. Interestingly, the direction of relationships between study variables was the same in all cultures studied, however, the strength of the relationships varied between cultures. Results of the exploratory factor analysis on these cultures suggest the distinction between demands, control, and support may vary between cultures. Results highlight the importance of considering employee perceptions of job demands, job control, and job support to understanding employee engagement. Also, the possibility of cultural values which may influence the importance of work characteristics is discussed.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:employee engagement job demands control support
Date of Publication:01/01/2008