Task engagement at work: Characteristics, antecedents and consequences

De Lacy, Jonnie C. (2016) Task engagement at work: Characteristics, antecedents and consequences. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In this thesis existing theory is extended by combining work engagement and flow research to generate the concept of task engagement, which focuses on episodes of peak performance at work. Using a critical incident methodology in Study 1, task engagement was found to have three key characteristics (i.e., distortion of time; complete absorption in the task; and is a state of high cognitive efficiency). Both situational (i.e., high challenge/high skills, control, and proximal feedback) and psychological antecedents (i.e., safety, availability, meaning and self-efficacy) were also identified. In Study 2, a longitudinal diary study, study 1 findings were replicated and extended by examining duration and frequency of task engagement episodes at work, and their positive impact on employee well-being. Overall, task engagement was found to be a temporal and dynamic construct, involving the interplay of person and situation, which has implications for employee task performance and well-being.

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ID Code: 95623
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Irmer, Bernd & Gudmundsson, Amanda
Keywords: work engagement, employee engagement, task engagement, flow at work, job engagement
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 May 2016 00:24
Last Modified: 31 May 2016 02:13

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