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Work-family conflict and turnover intentions amongst indigenous employees: The importance of the whanau/family for Maori


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The links between work-family conflict and turnover intentions have received less attention within the OB/IO Psych literature, with family-work dimensions often being found to be less influential. The present study tested work-family and family-work conflict (time and strain dimensions) towards turnover intentions with a sample of 197 New Zealand Maori employees. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and typically hold strong family orientations. We hypothesized this might distort the influence of conflict for these workers, creating greater influence from family-work conflict. Overall, work-family and family-work conflict time and strain were significantly related to turnover intentions, but work-family conflict dimensions were fully mediated by family-work conflict dimensions. In addition, the moderating effects of whanau (extended family) support were tested and significant interaction effects were found although in opposite directions. Respondents with high whanau support reported higher turnover when family-work time increased but reported less turnover intentions when family-work strain increased. The implications for research are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-family conflict, turnover intentions, whanau support, moderation, Maori.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Maree Roche
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 07:34
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:32

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