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Title: Linking women's glass ceiling beliefs and employee satisfaction: the mediation of engagement

Authors: Senthil Arasu Balasubramanian; Remya Lathabhavan

Addresses: Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India ' Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India

Abstract: The role of employee engagement and satisfaction is very important in today's world of changing labour market, technology, and job patterns. With an increase in women participating in the labour market, understanding their attitude towards the glass ceiling and its relationship with work engagement and job satisfaction is important for individual, organisational, and societal progress. This article studies the relationship between glass ceiling beliefs and job satisfaction through the mediating role of work engagement. Four hundred twenty women employees were surveyed as the sample for this study and structural equation modelling was used to understand the relationships. The relationship between glass ceiling beliefs and job satisfaction was found to be fully mediated by work engagement. The study recommends longitudinal studies for future studies in this area.

Keywords: glass ceiling beliefs; work engagement; job satisfaction; mediation; women's career barriers; glass ceiling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2018.092288

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2018 Vol.18 No.1/2, pp.72 - 90

Available online: 07 Jun 2018 *

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