Title

The affective shift model of work engagement

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

On the basis of self-regulation theories, the authors develop an affective shift model of work engagement according to which work engagement emerges from the dynamic interplay of positive and negative affect. The affective shift model posits that negative affect is positively related to work engagement if negative affect is followed by positive affect. The authors applied experience sampling methodology to test the model. Data on affective events, mood, and work engagement was collected twice a day over 9 working days among 55 software developers. In support of the affective shift model, negative mood and negative events experienced in the morning of a working day were positively related to work engagement in the afternoon if positive mood in the time interval between morning and afternoon was high. Individual differences in positive affectivity moderated within-person relationships. The authors discuss how work engagement can be fostered through affect regulation.

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory | Psychology

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

96

Issue

6

First Page

1246

Last Page

1257

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/a0024532

Publisher

American Psychological Association

City or Country

USA

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