My Work Engagement Research Poster

Joint Effects of Sense of Control, Job Control, and Dispositional Mindfulness as Relating to Work Engagement.

Research by Marviene Fulton & Dr. Alyssa McGonagle at UNCC Charlotte

A poster was presented at the 2019 Work, Health, and Stress Convention in Philadelphia and at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium at Duke University.

Brief Abstract:


Work engagement is a mental state consisting of vigor, dedication, and absorption that positively relates to job performance, organizational commitment, and worker well-being. It is important to examine predictors of work engagement, especially for jobs in which workers inherently lack control over how their tasks are completed. In a sample of 277 university employees, we found that sense of control positively predicted work engagement, yet this effect was significantly weaker when job control was low. Further, mindfulness buffered this effect, such that for workers with higher levels of mindfulness, the negative effects of low job control on the positive relationship between sense of control and work engagement were lessened.

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About Marviene Fulton

Life-Long Learner, Mother, Wife, Cat Lover.