Gendered work engagement: qualitative insights from Jordan.

International Journal of Human Resource Management
2017
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Work engagement is assumed, implicitly, to be gender-neutral where women and men have equal opportunities to demonstrate their engagement in the workplace. This paper questions this assumption and integrates gender into the notion of work engagement by investigating and contextualising the factors that affect the genderedness of work engagement. It uses gendered organisation theory and engagement theory to expose the gendered nature of work engagement. Interviewing thirty-six employees from three telecommunication companies in Jordan, it is found that the notion of work engagement is neither gender neutral nor universal, and that the presence of inequality regimes means that women may have less opportunity to experience engagement, and certainly the opportunity will vary across contexts.