Engagement and Commitment

Work engagement and organisational commitment are valuable predictors of job performance and retention. Work engagement refers to a positive mindset characterised by vigour, dedication, and absorption in work. Emotional commitment to an organisation represents the emotional attachment, identification, and involvement in the organization they work for.

Negative stereotypes about older employees include perceptions that older workers are less engaged and committed to work. In contrast, survey research consistently indicates an association of higher engagement and commitment with greater age. However, it is unclear how much this reflects an increase in engagement and commitment with age and experience or greater retention of engagement and commitment workers (in good and rewarding work environments) with age.

Select the outcome you'd like to explore from the drop-down menu below to view a summary of responses to questions about each concept among older employees and click a category for a breakdown of summary scores by demographic group.

Note. Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals for estimates; Occupations are reported against the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation categories: Labourer (e.g., cleaner, food packer, farm worker); Machinery operator/driver (e.g., machine operator, store person); Technician/trades worker (e.g., engineer, carpenter, hairdresser); Sales worker (e.g., insurance agent, sales assistant, cashier); Clerical/administrative worker (e.g., administrator, personal assistant); Community or personal service worker (e.g., teacher’s aide, armed forces, hospitality worker, carer); Professional (e.g., accountant, doctor, nurse, teacher); Manager (e.g., general manager, farm manager), or; Other (not specified).