Work engagement and voluntary absence: The moderating role of job resources

Amanda Shantz, Kerstin Alfes

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The present study examined the moderating role of job resources, namely, organizational trust, the quality of employees’ relationship with their manager, and the motivating potential of jobs, on the negative relationship between work engagement and voluntary absence. Employee survey results and absence records collected from the Human Resources department of a construction and consultancy organization in the United Kingdom (n = 325) showed that work engagement was negatively related to voluntary absence, as measured by the Bradford Factor. Furthermore, the results showed that organizational trust and the quality of employees’ relationships with their line managers ameliorated the negative effect of relatively low levels of engagement on voluntary absence. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
Keywords: Engagement, Voluntary absence, Organizational trust, Leader-member exchange, Motivating potential score
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-543
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Motivating potential score
  • Voluntary absence
  • Organizational trust
  • Engagement
  • Leader-member exchange


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