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Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Online from: 1986

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Work-family enrichment as a mediator between organizational interventions for work-life balance and job outcomes


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Title:Work-family enrichment as a mediator between organizational interventions for work-life balance and job outcomes
Author(s):Rupashree Baral, (Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India), Shivganesh Bhargava, (Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India)
Citation:Rupashree Baral, Shivganesh Bhargava, (2010) "Work-family enrichment as a mediator between organizational interventions for work-life balance and job outcomes", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 25 Iss: 3, pp.274 - 300
Keywords:Expectation, Family friendly organizations, India, Job enrichment, Organizational performance, Quality of life
DOI:10.1108/02683941011023749 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the role of work-family enrichment in the relationships between organizational interventions for work-life balance (job characteristics, work-life benefits and policies, supervisor support and work-family culture) and job outcomes (job satisfaction, affective commitment and organizational citizenship behaviour). It is hypothesized that organizational interventions for work-life balance will be positively related to job outcomes and work-to-family enrichment will mediate these relationships.

Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 216 managerial employees through a structured questionnaire from four organizations in India representing manufacturing and information technology (IT) sectors. Analysis was done using multiple regressions.

Findings – Job characteristics were positively related to all the measures of job outcomes. Supervisor support and work-family culture were positively related to job satisfaction and affective commitment. No significant association was found between work-life benefits and policies (WLBPs) and any of the job outcome measures. Job characteristics and supervisor support were positively related to work-to-family enrichment. Work-to-family enrichment mediated the relationships between job characteristics and all job outcomes and between supervisor support and affective commitment.

Research limitations/implications – The correlational design prevents conclusions about causality.

Practical implications – The findings have implications for designing jobs, developing supportive work-family culture and managing employee work-family interface for maximizing individual and organizational outcomes.

Originality/value – The study reflected on the work-family domain relationships in a novel socio-cultural context and demonstrated the mediating role of work-family enrichment in the relationships between organizational interventions for work-life balance and job outcomes.



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