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Determinants of Employee Engagement in a Tertiary Christian Institution in Mlang, North, Cotabato

, Ivy Galanta

Abstract: Employee engagement and positive institutional outcomes are assumed to be linked in various fashions. Engaged employees play a key role in achieving organizational success and competitive advantage. Research shows that engaged employees are willing to work the extra mile, work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company, thereby driving innovation and moving the organization forward. This study aimed to assess employee engagement in a tertiary Christian Institution in Mlang, North Coatabato, regarding organizational motivation and discretion. It also aimed to determine the respondents' perception of the three identified employee engagement determinants: human resource management practices, psychological empowerment, and organizational culture. Moreover, it sought to determine the relationship between HRM practices, psychological empowerment, and organizational culture to employee engagement and finally, which among the three indicators significantly influence employee engagement. This quantitative study used descriptive correlation and 70 full-time personnel of the institution answered the adopted survey questionnaire derived from different authors. Results revealed that the respondents’ perceptions of the HRM practices, the organizational culture, and employee engagement were high. Apparently, all of the variables of HRM practices have significant relationships to employee engagement, whereas, in the psychological empowerment, only the impact was found to have a significant relationship to employee engagement. In terms of organizational culture, only achieving goals and cultural strength was found to significantly affect employee engagement. Lastly, findings revealed that only the performance evaluation, impact and cultural strength were found to be the significant determinants of employee engagement among the variables. The quality of employee engagement has the potential to increase employee productivity, work quality and retention significantly.
Keywords: survey / HRM / empowerment / psychological / determinants of employee engagement / culture

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