Role of social connectivity and job engagement in positive change: Evidence from the Middle East
Taking a positive perspective, the study aims to investigate change in a Middle-Eastern financial services firm. Using various workplace fun activities (business, sports, arts) the firm implemented a year-long positive business initiative with the aim of building positive social connections among employees from 16 different nationalities. Using data from 221 employees who participated in this initiative, the study empirically examines the role of social connectivity and job engagement in positive change. The main findings can be summed up as follows: (1) a higher level of social connectivity significantly predicts an increase in cognitive, emotional, and physical engagement; (2) an increase in cognitive, emotional, and physical engagement significantly predicts performance; and (3) significant indirect effects support the mediating roles of cognitive and physical engagement in the relation between social connectivity and performance. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are also discussed.