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Employee engagement and emotional exhaustion of fly-in-fly-out workers: a diary study

Albrecht, Simon and Anglim, Jeromy 2017, Employee engagement and emotional exhaustion of fly-in-fly-out workers: a diary study, Australian journal of psychology, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12155.

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Title Employee engagement and emotional exhaustion of fly-in-fly-out workers: a diary study
Author(s) Albrecht, SimonORCID iD for Albrecht, Simon
Anglim, JeromyORCID iD for Anglim, Jeromy
Journal name Australian journal of psychology
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-21
ISSN 0004-9530
Keyword(s) work engagement
job demands
job resources
emotional exhaustion
diary study
Summary Objective: Although Fly-in-Fly-Out (FIFO) work practices are widely used, little is known about their impact on the motivation and wellbeing of FIFO workers across the course of their work cycles. Drawing from the Job Demands-Resources model, we aimed to test for the within-person effects of time of work cycle, job demands, and job resources on emotional exhaustion and employee engagement at three day-intervals. Method: Fifty-two FIFO workers filled out three or more on-line diary surveys after every three days of their on-site work roster. The survey consisted of items drawn from previously validated scales. Bayesian hierarchical modeling of the day-level data was conducted. Results: Workers, on average, showed a decline in engagement and supervisor support, and an increase in emotional demand over the course of the work cycle. The results of the hierarchical modeling showed that day-level autonomy predicted day-level engagement and that day-level workload and emotional demands predicted emotional exhaustion. Conclusions: The findings highlight the importance of managing FIFO employees’ day-to-day experiences of job demands and job resources because of their influence on employee engagement and emotional exhaustion. To best protect FIFO worker day-level wellbeing, employing organisations should ensure optimal levels of job autonomy, workload, and emotional demands. Practical implications, study limitations and areas for future research are outlined
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Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajpy.12155
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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