Date of Publication : 14, Aug, 2019
Author: Dr Nambira Geoffrey
Co Author: Ms Elaine January-Enkali
Engagement of employees is a concern for most institutions because a lack of engagement can be costly. Employees are regarded as engaged when they have a sense of commitment, exhibit discretionary behaviour, see their organisation as a good place to work and will go the extra mile. The aim of the study was to determine the work engagement levels of the academic staff at NUST, Namibia. To achieve the aims of the study a self-administered questionnaire, The Questionnaire was administered to full-time academic staff members across the six faculties and a total of 201 academic staff members participated in the study. Descriptive analysis was carried out to determine the distribution levels of engagement of academic staff at NUST. Furthermore, inferential analysis such as chi-square and correlation analysis were used to determine the strength of the relationships between engagement and job resources and job demands. Findings indicated that the academic staff at NUST is only moderately engaged on aspects of vigour, dedication and absorption. This implies that most academics perform duties required by their job descriptions and do not go beyond what is expected of them. The results prompted recommendations on measures needed to shift the engagement levels from moderate to high.
Keywords : employee engagement, academic staff, work engagement