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Work engagement of dual-working couples: dissimilarity and its relation to both partners’ well-being / Maša Tonković Grabovac, Svjetlana Salkičević, Ajana Löw Stanić.

By: Tonković Grabovac, Maša.
Contributor(s): Salkičević, Svjetlana [aut] | Löw Stanić, Ajana [aut].
Material type: ArticleArticleDescription: 595-605 str.Subject(s): 5.06 | work engagement, work engagement dissimilarity, work engagement crossover, dual-working couples, other-reports eng In: Current psychology 34 (2016), 4 ; str. 595-605Abstract: Work engagement is a positive, fulfilling, work- related state of mind that is characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption. Work engaged individuals not only function better at work, but also transfer these benefits to home – research has shown that work engagement crosses over between marital partners. In previous studies on crossover, this phenomenon was evidenced only by significant correlation between self-reports of partners’ work engagement, while measures of dissimilarity between partners were completely ignored. However, work engagement dissimilarity – with one partner being highly enthusiastic and immersed in his/her work and the other one lowly – could be related to some aspects of both partners’ well-being and might improve its prediction. Hence, the goal of this dyadic study was to examine work engagement dissimilarity within dual- earning couples. In addition to self-report measures, we collected partners’ ratings of work engagement and its subdimensions as well. The data collected on 178 dual-working Croatian couples showed significant correlation of overall work engagement, vigor, dedication and absorption between various pairs of self- and other-ratings measures: partners’ self-ratings ; self-ratings and partner’s ratings ; and partner’s self-ratings and his/her ratings of work engagement of the partner. Moreover, difference in self-ratings and ratings of partner’s work engagement showed negative correlation with life satisfaction of both partners, suggesting that work engagement dissimilarity has a potential to be related to some aspects of partners’ well-being.
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Work engagement is a positive, fulfilling, work- related state of mind that is characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption. Work engaged individuals not only function better at work, but also transfer these benefits to home – research has shown that work engagement crosses over between marital partners. In previous studies on crossover, this phenomenon was evidenced only by significant correlation between self-reports of partners’ work engagement, while measures of dissimilarity between partners were completely ignored. However, work engagement dissimilarity – with one partner being highly enthusiastic and immersed in his/her work and the other one lowly – could be related to some aspects of both partners’ well-being and might improve its prediction. Hence, the goal of this dyadic study was to examine work engagement dissimilarity within dual- earning couples. In addition to self-report measures, we collected partners’ ratings of work engagement and its subdimensions as well. The data collected on 178 dual-working Croatian couples showed significant correlation of overall work engagement, vigor, dedication and absorption between various pairs of self- and other-ratings measures: partners’ self-ratings ; self-ratings and partner’s ratings ; and partner’s self-ratings and his/her ratings of work engagement of the partner. Moreover, difference in self-ratings and ratings of partner’s work engagement showed negative correlation with life satisfaction of both partners, suggesting that work engagement dissimilarity has a potential to be related to some aspects of partners’ well-being.

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