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A case study to investigate stress and its relationship with employee engagement

O'Hara, Jennifer (2011) A case study to investigate stress and its relationship with employee engagement. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Using a correlational questionnaire design this study seeks to examine the role of stress as a predictor of employee engagement amongst employees. Previous studies have established a significant relationship between the constructs of stress and burnout. In addition the relationship between burnout and engagement has also been established. Using a sample of Head Office employees from a leading retailer the study seeks to establish if a relationship also exists between stress and employee engagement in a real life setting. The Data collated from the 56 respondents (mean age=31.42 yrs; SD=8.49yrs) was analysed using multiple regression. In line with previous research the results of the study indicate a significant relationship between stress and burnout (R=.452, p<.0042) and between burnout and employee engagement (R=.534, p<.001). However a relationship between stress and employee engagement failed to be established (R=.075, p>.0042). Further research investigating the potential relationship between these two constructs is recommended.

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