When Does Future Work Self Predict Work Engagement: the Boundary Conditions of Person-Vocation Fit and Trust in Supervisor

Ying Xu (First Author), Ping Guo (Participant Author), Wenxia Zhou (Participant Author)

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    Abstract

    Work engagement is a crucial positive psychological construct related to mental health. However, current self-directed and boundaryless career trend brings unprecedented challenges for organizations to foster employee engagement using traditional means. From an integrative perspective of the engagement theory and the career boundaryless theory, we built a model to test the moderating effect of person-vocation fit and trust in supervisor on the relationship between future work self and work engagement. After conducting a two-wave study with a sample of 231 employees, we found that future work-self was positively related to work engagement; and both person-vocation fit and trust in supervisor independently moderated the relationship between future work self and work engagement. Furthermore, the three-way interacting effect of future work self, person-vocation fit and trust in supervisor on work engagement was significant, and when person-vocation fit and trust in supervisor were both at high levels, future work self had a strongest positive impact on work engagement. These results provided guidance to engagement management at work from a career development perspective.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-36
    JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Promotion
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Corresponding author email

    zhouwx@ruc.edu.cn

    Project name

    -

    Project sponsor

    National Natural Science Foundation of China

    Project No.

    14BJL072

    Keywords

    • Future work self
    • person-vocation fit
    • trust in supervisor
    • work engagement

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    • Scopus
    • SSCI

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