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Do “decent work” dimensions lead to work engagement? Empirical evidence from higher education institutions in India

Vaneet Kashyap (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati , Tirupati, India)
Neelam Nakra (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati , Tirupati, India)
Ridhi Arora ( Indian Institute of Management Shillong , Shillong, India)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 4 March 2021

Issue publication date: 24 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to investigate the impact of “decent work” dimensions on faculty members’ work engagement levels in the higher education institutions in India.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained from 293 faculty members working in higher education institutes in India. The proposed study hypotheses were tested by deploying the statistical technique of multiple regression analysis using statistical package for social sciences Version-24.

Findings

Results demonstrated that of the five dimensions of “decent work,” only “access to health care” and “complementary values” were significant predictors of work engagement. “Adequate compensation,” “free time and rest” and “safe interpersonal working conditions” as dimensions of “decent work” were not found to be significantly related to work engagement.

Research limitations/implications

Findings encourage education policymakers to implement a “decent work” policy for faculty members with greater emphasis on ensuring workplace-fit and provision of adequate health-care facilities to keep the workforce engaged.

Originality/value

It is one of the few studies conducted in the South-Asian context that highlight “decent work” as a crucial job resource, useful in enhancing the work engagement of faculty members in higher education institutions.

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Acknowledgements

This research work received funding from Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati under New Faculty Initiation Grant: HSS/18-19/01/NGIF/VANE.

Citation

Kashyap, V., Nakra, N. and Arora, R. (2022), "Do “decent work” dimensions lead to work engagement? Empirical evidence from higher education institutions in India", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 46 No. 1/2, pp. 158-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-08-2020-0127

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