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When employer brand image aids employee satisfaction and engagement

Gary Davies (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Melisa Mete (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Susan Whelan (Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)

Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance

ISSN: 2051-6614

Article publication date: 16 October 2017

Issue publication date: 29 March 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test whether employee characteristics (age, gender, role and experience) influence the effects of employer brand image, for warmth and competence, on employee satisfaction and engagement.

Design/methodology/approach

Members of the public were surveyed as to their satisfaction and engagement with their employer and their view of their employer brand image. Half were asked to evaluate their employer’s “warmth” and half its “competence”. The influence of employee characteristics was tested on a “base model” linking employer image to satisfaction and engagement using a mediated moderation model.

Findings

The base model proved valid; satisfaction partially mediates the influence of employer brand image on engagement. Age, experience gender, and whether the role involved customer contact moderate both the influence of the employer brand image and of satisfaction on engagement.

Practical implications

Engagement varies with employee characteristics, and both segmenting employees and promoting the employer brand image differentially to specific groups are ways to counter this effect.

Originality/value

The contexts in which employer brand image can influence employees in general and specific groups of employees in particular are not well understood. This is the first empirical study of the influence of employer brand image on employee engagement and one of few that considers the application of employee segmentation.

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Citation

Davies, G., Mete, M. and Whelan, S. (2018), "When employer brand image aids employee satisfaction and engagement", Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 64-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOEPP-03-2017-0028

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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