Symposium 2444 - Advances In Work/Non-Work Boundary Management Research

Work-family conflict
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
 Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Advances in work/non-work boundary management research
B. Kubicek 1 2, S. Tement 3,*
1Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, and Economy, University of Vienna, Vienna, 2Faculty of Informatics, Communications and Media, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria, 3Department of Psychology, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Maribor, Slovenia
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art:
Flexible work arrangements and usage of mobile devices are increasingly popular in contemporary workplaces. However, they have great potential to redefine boundaries between work and non-work. Previous research has focused on antecedents of work/non-work integration, yet studied policies, informal support, personal preferences and other personal attributes rather independently. Work/non-work integration has been linked to negative (e.g., work-family conflict) but also positive consequences (e.g., higher job satisfaction). However, underlying mechanisms and contingencies are under-examined, possibly due to lacking theoretical underpinnings.
New Perspectives/Contributions:
The present symposium includes six contributions extending knowledge on work/non-work boundary management. The first presentation by Kossek focuses on work/non-work boundary management interventions and provides suggestions for their implementation. The two-wave study by Palm and colleagues focuses on the role of boundary control. By adopting a person-environment fit perspective, the contribution by Bogaerts and colleagues explores mechanisms linking boundary management to organizational outcomes. The diary study by Delanoeije and Verbruggen is aimed at the effects of home-based telework. Kubicek and Tement examine whether work/non-work integration and spousal support influence the effects of flexible working on work-family conflict among dual-earner couples. The final theoretical presentation by Tement and Kubicek provides a new psychological perspective on boundary management.
Research/Practical Implications:
By linking researchers from four countries, this symposium advances work/non-work research in terms of concept refinement and methodology. It further contributes to the debate on how businesses and organizations should deal with work/non-work boundary management issues in order to maximize efficiency, well-being, and health of their employees.


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