2017 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

Keywords

Work environment; Friendship; Engagement (Philosophy);

Abstract

Organizations strive to create positive and engaging work environments for their employees because this effort contributes to both employee and organizational outcomes. Many factors impacting employee engagement have been explored, but little research has examined workplace friendship as a precursor to employee engagement. Therefore, this study aims to identify the impact of workplace friendship on employee engagement. Specifically, workplace friendship is hypothesized as being positively associated with both job and organizational engagement, while negatively associated with intention to quit. Organization members are currently being surveyed about these variables. Understanding the relevance of workplace friendships and its effects on employee and job engagement can help organizations determine how to better foster employee engagement by creating an environment that encourages workplace friendships.

Start Date

28-3-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

28-3-2017 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Melissa Dobosh

Department

Department of Communication Studies

File Format

application/pdf

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Workplace Friendship as an Antecedent of Employee Engagement

Organizations strive to create positive and engaging work environments for their employees because this effort contributes to both employee and organizational outcomes. Many factors impacting employee engagement have been explored, but little research has examined workplace friendship as a precursor to employee engagement. Therefore, this study aims to identify the impact of workplace friendship on employee engagement. Specifically, workplace friendship is hypothesized as being positively associated with both job and organizational engagement, while negatively associated with intention to quit. Organization members are currently being surveyed about these variables. Understanding the relevance of workplace friendships and its effects on employee and job engagement can help organizations determine how to better foster employee engagement by creating an environment that encourages workplace friendships.