Towards a model of work engagement

A.B. Bakker, E. Demerouti

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Purpose - This paper aims to provide an overview of the recently introduced concept of work engagement. Design/methodology/approach - Qualitative and quantitative studies on work engagement are reviewed to uncover the manifestation of engagement, and reveal its antecedents and consequences. Findings - Work engagement can be defined as a state including vigor, dedication, and absorption. Job and personal resources are the main predictors of engagement; these resources gain their salience in the context of high job demands. Engaged workers are more creative, more productive, and more willing to go the extra mile. Originality/value - The findings of previous studies are integrated in an overall model that can be used to develop work engagement and advance career development in today's workplace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-223
Number of pages15
JournalCareer Development International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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