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We Need Engaged Workers! A Structural Equation Modeling Study from the Positive Organizational Psychology in Times of COVID-19 in Chile

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Social Sciences Department, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán 3800708, Chile
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Business Management Department, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán 3800708, Chile
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Department of Business Organization, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 7700; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137700
Received: 31 December 2021 / Revised: 13 March 2022 / Accepted: 12 May 2022 / Published: 23 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges in Positive Organizational Psychology)
The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially impacted mental health—workers at institutions are not exempt. In our research, from positive organizational psychology, specifically from the healthy and resilient organization (HERO) model, we analyzed the relationship between healthy organizational practices–engagement and workers’ burnout, and evaluated the mediation role of engagement between healthy organizational practices and worker burnout levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, through structural equation models of a cross-sectional survey-based study. We collected data from a sample of 594 Chilean workers. Our results of the correlations and structural equations demonstrate the relationship between PHOs with engagement (β = 0.51; p < 0.001) and burnout (β = −0.44; p < 0.001), in addition to the mediating effect of engagement between HOP with burnout (β = −0.66; p < 0.001). In conclusion, our findings suggest that healthy organizational practices promoted worker engagement and decreased worker burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the postulates of the HERO model. In addition, we were able to visualize a similar scenario, which showed that burnout during a pandemic decreases when worker engagement mediates the relationship with HOP. View Full-Text
Keywords: engagement; burnout; healthy organizational practice; positive organizational psychology; COVID-19 engagement; burnout; healthy organizational practice; positive organizational psychology; COVID-19
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Mendoza-Llanos, R.; Acuña-Hormazábal, Á.; Pons-Peregort, O. We Need Engaged Workers! A Structural Equation Modeling Study from the Positive Organizational Psychology in Times of COVID-19 in Chile. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7700. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137700

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Mendoza-Llanos R, Acuña-Hormazábal Á, Pons-Peregort O. We Need Engaged Workers! A Structural Equation Modeling Study from the Positive Organizational Psychology in Times of COVID-19 in Chile. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):7700. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137700

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Mendoza-Llanos, Rodolfo, Álvaro Acuña-Hormazábal, and Olga Pons-Peregort. 2022. "We Need Engaged Workers! A Structural Equation Modeling Study from the Positive Organizational Psychology in Times of COVID-19 in Chile" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 7700. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137700

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