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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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PORTO, Juliana Barreiros; OLIVEIRA-SILVA, Lígia Carolina  and  MARTINS, Elis Calcagno. The more the better? The effect of person-job fit on work engagement. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.4, pp. 827-835. ISSN 1984-6657.

The individual's needs play a relevant role in the relationship between work characteristics and engagement, but they are little explored. This study aims to analyze the interaction between individual and context to predict engagement, testing hypotheses derived from Self-Determination Theory and fit studies. A sample of 341 workers responded to the Engagement at Work and Work Design scales. Confirmatory factor analysis, polynomial regression, and response surface analysis were used to test the hypotheses. Knowledge characteristics, autonomy, and social support significantly explained the level of engagement. The interaction between work characteristics and the worker's desire added explanation to the model, except for social support. In conclusion it is necessary to analyze the workers' desire for a given characteristic to develop work designs that promote higher engagement.

Keywords : Person-job fit; work engagement; polynomial regression.

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