Th-SYM-2444-5 - The Interplay Of Behavior And Control In Work-Nonwork Boundary Management: Implications For Life Domain Balance And Psychomental Health

Work-family conflict
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
The interplay of behavior and control in work-nonwork boundary management: implications for life domain balance and psychomental health
E. Palm 1,*, B. Lampert 1, C. Seubert 1, J. Glaser 1
1Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Main Abstract Content: Purpose
Digital technologies increasingly enable work-to-nonwork interruption behavior (WNIB), i.e., work behavior crossing the work-nonwork boundary into the nonwork domain. Concerning employee wellbeing, boundary control (perceived influence on individual boundary management) is regarded as a further central component in this process. So far, however, no research has examined the complex interactive effects of those two variables of individual boundary management. This study thus examines the combined effects of boundary control and WNIB on employee wellbeing.
Applying polynomial regressions and response surface methodology, we analyzed survey data of a heterogeneous sample (N=941) in a two-wave study design (time-lag: one month). WNIB and boundary control were examined in relation to life-domain-conflict, emotional exhaustion and work engagement.
Slope analyses confirmed that life-domain-conflict and emotional exhaustion increased, when WNIB surpassed boundary control and reached highest levels when high WNIB was combined with low boundary control. Contrary to expectations, congruence at higher values of WNIB and boundary control yielded in higher levels of life-domain-conflict. Work engagement was highest when mid-level WNIB was combined with mid-level boundary control. 
Constraints of self-reported data apply. Future studies should include further influencing factors (e.g., work/private life characteristics).
Research/Practical Implications
Besides facilitating boundary control, research and health promoting interventions should also focus on employee actual behavior and further organizational factors fostering WNIB (e.g., organizational expectations).
Enhancing knowledge on successful boundary management, this study provides a new perspective on the interplay of two boundary management characteristics and their time-lagged relationship with employee wellbeing.

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