How to strengthen employee engagement among Slovenian criminal investigators?David Smolej
, 2017, original scientific article
In terms of providing security, employee engagement may be defined as an important contribution by individual criminal investigators or their physical, cognitive and emotional dedication to their work. Employee engagement positively correlates with one’s work, as reflected in the dedication, absorption, and psychological state accompanied by personal energy invested in the work. A fundamental question for the criminal investigation police thus arises of how to achieve maximum engagement and commitment in police work, which in turn will contribute to greater security in Slovenia.
The article is based on empirical research conducted among 160 Slovenian criminal investigators. We used Gallup’s Q12 Employee Engagement Survey to measure employee engagement.
The research encompassing 160 Slovenian criminal investigators shows that most criminal investigators are disengaged. The research also reveals that employee engagement is statistically significantly correlated with self-efficacy, social undermining by one’s supervisor, social support by one’s supervisor and colleagues, as well as cynicism. To raise employee engagement among the Slovenian criminal investigators, we propose several measures affecting the conduct of the police, labour legal matters, operational issues and the leadership.
Research Limitations / Implications:
The first limitation is social desirability bias. The second limitation is a labour strike that was underway while we were collecting the data from the police officers.
The proposed actions should raise the level of employee engagement of Slovenian criminal investigators, while also enhancing the police service’s reliability.
This is the first paper to research employee engagement among Slovenian criminal investigators.
Keywords: employee engagement, criminal investigators, cynicism, self-efficacy, social undermining, social support
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