Fr-SYM-1266-3 - The Role Of Adult Attachment On Work-Life Balance, Work Engagement And Satisfaction

Track:
Emerging themes in I/O psychology
What:
Symposium
When:
1 hour
Where:
B006
Discussion:
0
 
 
Emerging themes in I/O psychology
Fr-SYM-1266-3
The role of adult attachment on work-life balance, work engagement and satisfaction
G. Pheiffer 1,*, I. Ridler 1
1London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom
 
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Purpose
Adult attachment has been suggested as an important influence on employees’ experiences and behaviours in the workplace. The aim of this study was to explore whether employees’ attachment orientations in the context of romantic partners and managers are related to their work engagement, job satisfaction and work-life balance, and whether those associations are mediated by work-life balance styles.
 
Design/Methodology
In a quantitative survey, participants (N = 97) were all working full-time, were predominantly from the UK (92%) and were selected by opportunity and snowball sampling.
 
Results
Analysis revealed significant negative relationships between both forms of attachment and the three dependent variables, and significant positive relationships between work-life balance style measures and all three dependent variables. However, no significant relationships were found between either type of attachment and the work-life balance style measures, hence no support was found for a mediation relationship in this study.
 
Limitations
The study was cross-sectional so further research is needed to establish direction and causality of the observed relationships.
 
Research/Practical Implications
The study adds to our understanding of the application of adult attachment orientations in the workplace. The paper presents some suggestions in supporting employees and developing staff engagement based on the findings.
 
Originality/Value
The study offers useful insights into how organisations can develop more effective interventions to enhance employee engagement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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