Supervisory mentoring and newcomers’ work engagement: The mediating role of basic psychological need satisfaction

Zhenyuan Wang1, Liuxu Chen2, Yongjia Duan3, Jianghong Du4
1Faculty of Economics and Management and Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, East China Normal University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China
2Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, People’s Republic of China
3Shanghai Shangfang Technology Company Ltd, People’s Republic of China
4School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Wang, Z., Chen, L., Duan, Y., & Du, J. (2018). Supervisory mentoring and newcomers’ work engagement: The mediating role of basic psychological need satisfaction. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 46, 1745-1760.

Volume 46 Issue 10 | e7609 | Published: October 2018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.7609

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We aimed to determine the extent to which the 3 dimensions of basic psychological need satisfaction (i.e., autonomy, competence, and relatedness) explain the association between supervisory mentoring and newcomers’ work engagement. Participants were 438 work newcomers living in a large coastal city in eastern China. We assessed supervisory mentoring, basic psychological need satisfaction, and work engagement in 3 time waves, each spaced 1 month apart. Findings indicated that supervisory mentoring was positively related to newcomers’ work engagement, and that this relationship was mediated by the 3 dimensions (need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness) of basic psychological need satisfaction. This provides a perspective for supervisors to improve newcomers’ work engagement by enhancing the satisfaction of their basic needs.

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