Worker engagement: Relying on the organizational values and social meaningfulness of work

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The pressure on firms to be socially responsible is continuously increasing, yet social initiatives are not without controversy. Based on the literature on people engagement and social meaningfulness, our research aims to verify the role of organizational social values and actions as drivers of workforce engagement. The research project is based on a survey of 268 workers of 22 Italian social enterprises. Using structural equation modelling, our results provide empirical evidence on the antecedents of engagement, distinguishing between job and organization engagement. They confirm the relevance of the social meaningfulness of work and adherence to the social values of the organization as pertinent and appropriate drivers of engagement. The empirical evidence contributes to a better understanding of the role of social significance in work relationships, considering different types of workers and different and independent sources of engagement. In addition, relevant managerial implications are derived in relation to the design of HRM practices.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteAcademy of Management Proceedings
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016
Evento2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Anaheim
Durata: 5 ago 20169 ago 2016

Serie di pubblicazioni



Convegno2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management


  • Job Engagement
  • Organization Engagement
  • Social Enterprise
  • Social Values
  • Work Social Meaningfulness


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