Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones
Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 29 (2013) 127-34 - Vol. 29 Num.3 DOI: 10.5093/tr2013a18
Do job resources affect work engagement via psychological empowerment? A mediation analysis
¿Afectan los recursos del trabajo al engagement a través del empowerment psicológico? Análisis de mediación
Marcela Quiñonesa, Anja Van den Broeckb, Hans De Wittec
a Research Group Work, Organization & Personnel Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium.
b Research Group Work, Organization & Personnel Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium. Human Relations Research Group, HU Brussel, Belgium
c Research Group Work, Organization & Personnel Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium. Vanderbijlpark Campus, North-West University, South Africa
Abstract

The present study explores whether psychological empowerment may act as a personal resource mediating the motivational process from job resources (i.e., task autonomy, skill utilization, social support from supervisors and social support from colleagues) to work engagement. Regression analysis using MEDIATE macros in a sample of Chilean public workers (N = 1,313) lent support to the mediation hypothesis: Psychological empowerment carried the effect of task autonomy, skill utilization, and social support from supervisors on work engagement. These results suggest that job resources may increase the perception of being empowered at work, which then represents an important factor to enhance work engagement. Psychological empowerment is thus a pathway to promote wellbeing in organisations.

Palabras clave
Empowerment, Implicación en el trabajo, Recursos laborales
Keywords
Psychological empowerment, Work engagement, Personal resources
Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 29 (2013) 127-34 - Vol. 29 Num.3 DOI: 10.5093/tr2013a18