The crossover of work engagement between working couples

Arnold B. Bakker, Evangelia Demerouti, Arnold B. Bakker
2009 Journal of Managerial Psychology  
This study among 175 Dutch couples working in different occupational sectors tested the hypothesis that the crossover of work engagement is moderated by empathy. More specifically, we tested the hypothesis that women's work engagement would crossover to their men's engagement, particularly when men score high on empathic concern and perspective taking (the spontaneous tendency of a person to adopt the psychological perspective of other people). In addition, we predicted that work engagement
more » ... work engagement would be positively related to colleague ratings of job performance. The results of moderated structural equation modeling analyses showed that the crossover of work engagement was strongest when men were high (vs. low) in perspective taking. Empathic concern did not moderate the crossover effect. In addition, work engagement was positively related to performance. These findings expand the crossover literature by shedding light on the crossover process.
doi:10.1108/02683940910939313 fatcat:pnv4ose4ufcojn7ibrftnjeiom