Assess: Workplace engagement
Time: 5 minutes
Thomas Engage is an online survey that measures your organisation’s Workplace Engagement and helps you to leverage the benefits of a truly engaged workforce. Its practical, solutions-led approach facilitates the provocative thoughts and critical conversations required to effect long-term, sustainable engagement and consequently deliver potential benefits such as higher productivity, improved staff commitment, better wellbeing and increased revenues and profits.
Thomas Engage measures Workplace Engagement: how people think and feel about the work they do, the people they work with and the company they work for. It identifies different areas of strength and vulnerability such as teams, departments or regions that are engaged and those that may be struggling and need support. It benchmarks organisations against others and recommends actions you can implement towards sustainable change and development.
Engage was designed by Mark Slaski following five years of extensive academic research into Workplace Engagement. Built from the sound scientific theories of the psychology of groups, Engage measures the seven key factors that drive Workplace Engagement:
The research, with over 150 organisational groups, shows that companies who score high in workplace engagement also score significantly higher in wellbeing, commitment and performance.
Thomas Engage enables your company to run a 'health check' and provides a 3-D map of engagement in your organisation. It is easy to use and delivers a quick turnaround for results. Most importantly, it provides invaluable information enabling management teams to create effective and sustainable change.
Use Thomas Engage to identify:
- Areas of strength and vulnerability
- Comparative levels of engagement across groups/segments in your organisation
- A company benchmark against other UK organisations
- Your company’s level of wellbeing
- Management styles operating within your organisation
- Effective and sustainable change to improve performance across your business
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Test author: Mark Slaski
Year of construction: 2009
Background and theory:
Thomas Engage (originally the Work Engagement Questionnaire) was developed by Mark Slaski at the University of Hertfordshire in 2009. Slaski grounded his research and development in the psychosocial theory of workplace engagement – that engagement is a positive experience resulting from the relationships you have, the role you do and the rewards you get in the workplace.
Thomas Engage was developed through both qualitative and quantitative methods. At first, focus groups were conducted with public and private organisations regarding the positive and negative aspects of work. Qualitative analysis of these focus groups informed the development of a 28-item questionnaire.
Statistical factor analyses were conducted to identify the underlying seven areas of engagement being measured by the questionnaire; Voice, Togetherness, Challenge, Freedom, Clarity, Recognition and Growth.
The seven-factor model of engagement is of great practical value to occupational psychologists and organisations wishing to maximise positive organisational outcomes as it identifies strengths and vulnerabilities within the organisation and at different levels such as team or department or region. In turn this informs the design of specific and targeted interventions aimed at raising engagement, wellbeing and job performance.
The Thomas Engage questionnaire is formed of 28 statements. An individual must indicate their frequency of experience on a 1-7 Likert scale (1 being 'never' and 7 being 'always'). The 28 questions are followed by two pre-set questions with free-text responses. Individuals will be asked to confirm several demographic factors at the end of the questionnaire.
Reliability and Validity:
The initial 28-item questionnaire constituting Thomas Engage was piloted with over 2,500 individuals to provide data for quantitative analyses. A variety of sampling strategies were employed, including convenience and clustered random sampling. The total sample consisted of 65% males and 34% females, between 17 - 67 years of age.
Psychometric analysis of all these data revealed very high internal consistency of the WEQ28 (Cronbach's alpha = .96) and very good construct validity, confirming the unidimensionality of the scale. Structural equation modelling (SEM) suggested high construct validity of the final model, with each outcome variable able to explain a large amount of the variance in engagement. The results of content analysis of two open questions cross-validated these results.