n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Work characteristics, work-home interaction and engagement of employees in the mining industry

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



This study focused on the relationship between work characteristics, Work-Home Interaction (WHI), and Home-Work Interaction (HWI) of mining employees who were low and high in work engagement. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among employees from various mining companies in the Gauteng Limpopo and North West Provinces (n = 320). A self-developed work characteristic questionnaire, the Survey Work-Home Interaction - NijmeGen (SWING) and the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) were administered. Chi-square and t-tests suggested significant relationships between work engagement and ethnicity, autonomy, social support, instrumental support, task characteristics, positive WHI and positive HWI. Logistic regression analyses revealed that ethnicity, autonomy, task characteristics and positive HWI were significant predictors of high work engagement.

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