Creating an Engaged Workforce: The Impact of Authentic Leadership, Transparent Organizational Communication, and Work-Life Enrichment

Hua Jiang, Rita Linjuan Men

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Abstract

Scholars have increasingly recognized the importance of studying factors leading to employee engagement. However, few researchers have created and tested theoretical models that propose mechanisms linking employee engagement to social contextual variables. Based on a random sample of employees (n = 391) working across different industrial sectors in the United States, we proposed and tested a model (rooted in the Social Exchange Theory and the Job Demands-Resources Model) that examined how authentic leadership, transparent organizational communication, and work-life enrichment are interrelated. A simplified model containing both significant direct and indirect effects fits the data. Theoretical contributions and managerial ramifications of the study were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-243
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Research
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • authentic leadership
  • employee engagement
  • transparent organizational communication
  • work-life enrichment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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