Family supportive organization perceptions and employee outcomes: The mediating effects of life satisfaction

Haar, Jarrod and Roche, Maree (2010) Family supportive organization perceptions and employee outcomes: The mediating effects of life satisfaction. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (7). pp. 999-1014. ISSN 1466-4399

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Social exchange theory was used to understand employee perceptions of organizational support for work-family issues in this study of 373 employees from 40 New Zealand firms. These perceptions of family support were found to positively influence job and life satisfaction, and negatively influence turnover intentions and job burnout. Consequently, there is strong support for firms supporting work-family issues leading employees to reciprocate with superior outcomes. In addition, the mediating effects of life satisfaction were explored, as there have been calls to test the effects of existing relationships outside the workplace. While life satisfaction was not found to fully mediate any attitude, it did partially mediate all outcomes. Similarly, life satisfaction was also a significant predictor of all outcomes. This indicates that the role of firms in providing a supportive work-family climate is important and can consistently contribute to employee outcomes. Furthermore, the role of non-work attitudes is also important to acknowledge, and highlights the need to explore non-work aspects as potential mediators of work outcomes in social exchange relationships.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Social exchange theory, employee perceptions, work life, work family, job burnout
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:335
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Deposited On:05 Oct 2010 22:29
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