Creative work environments and employee engagement: Exploring potential links and possibilities

Stanley, Tracy, Davidson, Paul, & Matthews, Judy (2014) Creative work environments and employee engagement: Exploring potential links and possibilities. Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego w Krakowie, 9(933), pp. 33-51.

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Abstract

Companies that perform well are often identified as either possessing creative work environments and (or) having high levels of employee engagement. Creative work environments are largely not well defined, although research alludes to contributing factors. On the other hand employee engagement is defined as the multiple emotional, rational and behavioural dimensions of an employee's consistent level of effort, commitment and connection to their job. Some authors including Saks (2006) and Shuck and Wollard (2010) call for more scholarly research to increase our understanding of the drivers of employee engagement and the actions that organisations can take to improve engagement. There are references made in the literature to the existence of a relationship between a creative work environment and engaged employees (Isaksen & Ekvall 2010), but there is a lack of empirical evidence providing support for the direct relationship between the two. This study aims to explore the relationship, addressing the question of how a creative work environment impacts on employee engagement. Exploratory research to investigate this relationship will use a qualitative methodology with semi-structured interviews, field observations and document analysis. Key themes will be analysed at both the individual and team level reflecting the multi-level nature of the constructs.

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ID Code: 86463
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work Environments, Creative Behaviours, Employee Engagement, Teams
DOI: 10.15678/ZNUEK.2014.0933.0903
ISSN: 1898-6447
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2015 23:05
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 01:18

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