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The Effect of Health and Well-Being Initiatives on Employee Engagement: A Study of Employees in the Irish Private Sector

Dowling, Sinéad (2015) The Effect of Health and Well-Being Initiatives on Employee Engagement: A Study of Employees in the Irish Private Sector. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine health and well-being initiatives in the workplace taking into specific consideration the effect of these initiatives on employee engagement. A sample of 91 participants was recruited using convenience sampling. This involved the circulation of a closed questionnaire, which specifically targeted a sample population of full-time employees working in the Irish Private Sector. The questionnaire tested the levels of engagement using using Schaufeli's 7-point Likert Scale (Schaufeli et al 2002); Global Self-Rated Health Scale of the individuals (Sargent-Cox et al, 2008); how receptive work environments were to healthy initiatives through The Workplace Health Friendliness Scale (Drach-Zahavy, 2008); and a Work Benefits Employment Scale to rank the important benefits for employees.

The study examined the differences between Generation Y employees and Generation X employees; isolating their drivers for engagement and determining the differing important initiatives for their respective age categories. The study found that on average work environments are not wholly supportive of workplace initiatives, but that there is a strong line of engagement across the sample. The study showed that there was no correlation between employee engagement and workplace health friendliness for the sample population. This study acknowledges that the sample population showed a strong percentage of participants from small companies of less than fifty employees, which limited the findings in finding adequate data on organisations more likely to have a wide variety of health and well-being initiatives.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Employee Engagement
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 08:10
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 08:10
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2092

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