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Employee Engagement as Motivation: Practitioner Models
preprintposted on 2020-12-02, 18:12 authored by JD PincusJD Pincus
Despite employee engagement’s centrality as a construct, clear theoretical and operational definitions are few and far between. We argue for re-conceptualizing engagement, grounding it in the vast psychological literature on human motivation. Herein lies the paper’s contribution; we argue that the apparent conceptual proliferation can be understood as attempts to draw ever nearer to key motivational concepts. We review engagement definitions and find that they are reducible to a comprehensive taxonomy of twelve human motives. We consider the impact of rooting engagement in existing motivational constructs for each of the following: (a) theory, especially the development of engagement systems; (b) methods, including the value of applying a comprehensive, structural approach; and (c) practice, where we emphasize the practical advantages of clear operational definitions.
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Lead author country
- United States
Lead author job role
- Independent researcher
Lead author institutionEmployee Benefit Research Institute
Ethics statementNo humans or animals were involved in this research
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