Committee Chair

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.

Committee Member

Biderman, Michael D.; O'Leary, Brian J.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Employee engagement is often defined as the vigor, dedication, and absorption one feels about and/or displays within their job. It has long been asserted that engagement is highest for employees who “fit” better with their work. Applicants determine their anticipated levels of fit throughout the selection process. Therefore, it is crucial that the information organizations provide will allow applicants to make accurate assumptions of fit to increase the probability that the vacancy will be filled by an applicant best suited for the position. This study was designed to identify if the practices used during organizations’ selection processes influence the accuracy of employees’ anticipated person-job and person-organization fit, and employees’ ultimate levels of engagement. This mediation model was not supported when including covariates; however, the accuracy of person-job fit perceptions was nearly significant as a mediator between applicants’ perceived information-richness of the selection process and their subsequent engagement on the job.

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this process. Specifically, I would like to thank my thesis chair, Dr. Chris Cunningham, for his guidance, support, and dedication to seeing me succeed. I would also like to thank my committee members, Dr. Michael Biderman and Dr. Brian O’Leary, for providing feedback and helping to make my thesis a better product. Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends for the immense amount of support they have provided.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2017

Subject

Achievement motivation; Employee motivation; Organizational behavior

Keyword

Employee engagement; Work engagement; Selection process; Job fit; Job attitudes; Recent hires

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

xiv, 130 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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