Th-SYM-2444-2 - Managing Work And Nonwork Boundaries: A Person-Environment Fit Perspective

Track:
Work-family conflict
What:
Symposium
When:
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Where:
A004
Discussion:
0
 Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Th-SYM-2444-1
Managing work and nonwork boundaries: A person-environment fit perspective
Y. Bogaerts 1,*, R. De Cooman 1, S. De Gieter 2
1Department of Work and Organization Studies, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Leuven, 2Research Group Work and Organizational Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
 
Main Abstract Content: Purpose
This study applies a person-environment fit approach to boundary management. Prior research in this regard looked at the mere interaction between separately measured personal boundary management preferences and characteristics of the environment, without capturing the feeling that goes along with the fit between an employee’s own preference in combining work and family life and the support of a particular work or private environment. We therefore focus on perceived boundary management fit with the work and private context and test a mediation model in which we relate perceptions of fit to job satisfaction, turnover intention and work performance, mediated by a decrease in stress.
 
Design/ Methodology
The pool of participants was obtained though Belgian childcare institutions and primary schools which invited parents to participate in a work-life survey. The sample of employees included 476 individual parents of children under the age of 12.
 
Results
Structural equation modeling in Mplus confirmed our hypotheses. Perceived boundary management fit is positively related to job satisfaction and work performance and is negatively related to turnover intention, partially mediated by stress.
 
Limitations
Our sample is mainly composed of women (84.6%), interfering with the representativeness of our sample. Additionally, we cannot make causal inference due to cross-sectional data.
 
Research/Practical Implications 
Understanding employee’s fit perception increases our knowledge about the mechanisms by which work or private environment affects work attitudes and behaviors.
 
Originality/Value
To our knowledge, this study is the first to capture the perceived boundary management fit with the work and private environment.

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