Job/work engagement: Understanding a different aspect of engagement

Thu 13 Sep 2018 09:30
Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ


Anyone who investigates employee engagement will soon discover that there are two separate ‘camps’ active in the field.

Firstly, researchers publishing in academic journals, who focus almost entirely on job/work engagement; and secondly, those in the ‘real world’ (notably HR practitioners and managers/leaders), who are interested in the extent to which employees engage with their organisations. Employee surveys typically measure organisation engagement and job satisfaction, but lack a measure of the subtly different concept of job/work engagement.

However, many HR practitioners have noticed that some types of employee – such as professionals, scientists and, indeed, academics – tend to have high levels of job satisfaction but relatively low levels of organisation engagement. An understanding of job/work engagement should help organisations to understand the different ways in which employees are motivated and engaged, and plan engagement programmes accordingly.

At this workshop, we will present the results of IES research into this area, and lead discussions of its applicability and usefulness.

Topics we will cover include:

  • What is job/work engagement?
  • How does it differ from organisation engagement?
  • Why it is important to understand the engagement profiles of different employee groups?
  • What are the benefits to organisations of understanding different facets of engagement?

Who should attend?

HR practitioners and managers with particular responsibility for employee surveys and engagement programmes.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

You will gain an understanding of job/work engagement and how it differs from organisation engagement, and will gain insights into its applicability in an organisational context.


Facilitator: Dilys Robinson, Principal Associate, Institute for Employment Studies

Dilys has led IES’ research into employee engagement for the past 15 years, focusing mainly on organisation engagement. Recently, she managed, in conjunction with Aston Business School, a research study that developed a measure of employee engagement for use within the higher education sector.

Event programme

The programme for this event is yet to be announced.

Lunch will be provided.

Further reading

Ticket prices

HR Network member tickets (find out more):

Full member: Free
Associate member: £120 (+VAT)
Flex member: £150 (+VAT)

Non-member tickets:

Non-member: £190 (+VAT)


Disclaimer: Please note that photography and videos may be taken at this event and these images may be used in promotional material by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). By attending, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on IES promotional materials. Please contact Gwen Leeming if you would prefer IES not to use your image for promotional materials.