Employee engagement: finding a generally accepted measurement scale

Nima Khodakarami, Khalil Dirani, Fatemeh Rezaei

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a method to find a generally accepted employee engagement scale, particularly in the presence of various alternatives and objectives. Design/methodology/approach: To find the measurement scales, seminal works encapsulating organizational engagement, job engagement and work engagement in Cinhal, PsycINFO and ABI/INFORM database have been reviewed. For finding the optimal choice from available scales, multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) method was used. Findings: An agreed-upon measurement scale is achievable through the knowledge of alternatives and consequences, as well as consistent preference ordering and a decision rule. However, choice of the most effective scale varies according to the preference of decision makers. Practical implications: This study proposes MCDM method as an intervention for practitioners who aim to assess the level of employee engagement in their organizations. It also provides a decision-making method to scholars to surmount conflicting objectives in their measurement. Originality/value: While previous studies have developed manifold measurement scales, there is no study to indicate which scale best measures employee engagement. This paper attempts to define how to choose one scale among the various existing gauges of engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-311
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Commercial Training
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 30 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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