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

Zhenyuan Wang (East China Normal University and Shanghai Jiaotong University), Liuxu Chen (East China Normal University), Yongjia Duan (Shanghai Shangfang Technology Company Ltd), Jianghong Du (East China Normal University)
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.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.7609
Publication date: October 2018

Abstract


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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