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Employee engagement: The effects of work-home/home-work interaction and psychological conditions

Sebastiaan Rothmann, Candice Baumann
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 17, No 4 | a419 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v17i4.419 | © 2014 Sebastiaan Rothmann, Candice Baumann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 July 2012 | Published: 01 September 2014

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Sebastiaan Rothmann, School of Behavioural Sciences, NWU, South Africa
Candice Baumann, University of Namibia, Namibia

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between work-home and home-work interference, psychological conditions and employee engagement. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The participants were 292 employees of a uranium mine in Namibia residing in towns distant from their workplace. The following measuring instruments were used: Survey Work-Home Interaction – Nijmegen, Psychological Conditions Scale and Employee Engagement Questionnaire. Negative work-home interaction (work-home/home-work spillover) was negatively related to psychological meaningfulness, psychological availability, and employee engagement. Positive work-life interaction (work-home/home-work interaction) was positively related to psychological meaningfulness, psychological availability, and employee engagement. The study builds on the work-life interaction literature by showing that negative and positive interactions indirectly affect employee engagement via psychological meaningfulness and psychological availability.

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