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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812

Abstract

DE BEER, Leon T; TIMS, Maria  and  BAKKER, Arnold B. Job crafting and its impact on work engagement and job satisfaction in mining and manufacturing. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.3, pp.400-412. ISSN 2222-3436.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2222-3436/2016/v19n3a7.

The purpose of this study was to investigate job crafting and its relationship with work engagement and job satisfaction within the South African context. This research is important as job crafting has been shown to have a positive influence on employee motivation. A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect primary data from organisations in the mining and manufacturing industries of South Africa (N = 470). The results of multi-group structural equation modelling showed that the original four-factor structure of the job crafting scale was supported by the data, but that a three-factor structure was necessary due to a discriminant validity concern regarding two job crafting dimensions. Regression results revealed that increasing structural job resources with challenging job demands, and increasing social job resources were significant predictors of work engagement in both groups. Contrary to expectations decreasing hindering job demands was a negative predictor of job satisfaction in the mining group. Furthermore, increasing social job resources was also a significant predictor of job satisfaction in both groups. This study indicates the importance of job crafting for work engagement and job satisfaction in organisations.

Keywords : job crafting; work engagement; job satisfaction; job design; proactive behaviour.

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