Relationships between Agile Work Practices and Occupational Well-Being: The Role of Job Demands and Resources

Sarah Rietze, Hannes Zacher
2022 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
Agile work practices have been adopted by most software development organizations and by many large organizations from other industries. The introduction of agile work practices is assumed to positively affect work characteristics and, in turn, well-being of employees. So far, there is only very little and methodologically limited empirical research on this topic. Based on job demands–resources theory, we developed and tested a model on the direct and indirect relationships between agile work
more » ... actices, job demands and resources, and occupational well-being. Data were provided by 260 employees working in agile development teams who participated in two surveys that were approximately six weeks apart. Results of structural equation modeling provided support for the hypothesized model, suggesting that agile work practices have a negative indirect effect on emotional fatigue through lower job demands. At the same time, agile work practices also had a positive indirect effect on emotional engagement through higher job resources. Our research contributes to the literature by integrating agile work practices with job demands–resources theory, bridging an important gap between research and practice. Overall, the findings suggest that the implementation of agile work practices may have a positive impact on occupational well-being by improving employees' perceptions of key work characteristics.
doi:10.3390/ijerph19031258 pmid:35162278 pmcid:PMC8835693 fatcat:76yzgn7ug5dypluso7fv6ivbwe