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Emotional Agency at Work : The Development and Validation of a Measure (2022)

Hökkä, P. K., Räikkönen, E., Ikävalko, H., Paloniemi, S., & Vähäsantanen, K. (2022). Emotional Agency at Work : The Development and Validation of a Measure. Frontiers in Education, 7, Article 852598. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.852598

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All authors or editors: Hökkä, Päivi Kristiina; Räikkönen, Eija; Ikävalko, Heini; Paloniemi, Susanna; Vähäsantanen, Katja

Journal or series: Frontiers in Education

eISSN: 2504-284X

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 05/07/2022

Volume: 7

Article number: 852598

Publisher: Frontiers Media SA

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.852598

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82358


Despite intensive research on agency in education and work environments, the topic remains underexplored through the lens of emotions. This study conducted the development and validation of a quantitative measure to explore emotional agency in working life. Empirical data (N = 240) were collected via a web-based survey within the professional domains of healthcare and real estate services. The participants’ age, educational level, and gender corresponded to the domain-specific and general employee distribution in Finland. The questionnaire items were based on a theoretical construct of emotional agency at work. Exploratory factor analysis indicated that emotional agency includes two dimensions: Emotional Competence at Work and Influencing Emotions at Work. Exploratory structural equation modeling showed these dimensions to be equivalent across the studied professional domains. Furthermore, the convergent and discriminant validity of the measure was confirmed in relation to the emotional climate at work and work engagement. The study enriches the current theory of agency and emotions at work by exploring their connection. It also proposes a novel measure of emotional agency at work (the E-Ag measure), offered as a useful tool for researching and developing working life and organizational behavior.

Keywords: work; working life; work communities; work climate; emotions; emotional skills; emotionality; human agency; committing oneself; well-being at work; measuring instruments (indicators); measuring methods

Free keywords: agency; emotion; emotional agency; work engagement; emotional climate; measure

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Reporting Year: 2022

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