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Work-family enrichment and well-being: the role of occupational future time perspective

Hélène Henry (Institut de recherche en sciences psychologiques (IPSY), Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
Donatienne Desmette (Institut de recherche en sciences psychologiques (IPSY), Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 6 November 2018

Issue publication date: 9 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

In the context of workforce aging, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating role of occupational future time perspective (OFTP) in the relationship between work–family enrichment (WF-E) and two well-being outcomes (i.e. work engagement and emotional exhaustion). In addition, the moderating role of age on the relationship between WF-E and OFTP, and consequently, on the indirect effects of WF-E on work engagement and emotional exhaustion through OFTP, will be examined.

Design/methodology/approach

Cross-sectional survey research (n=263) was conducted in a public sector company in Belgium. Structural equation modeling and bootstrap analyses were performed to investigate the hypothesized relationships.

Findings

The dimension “remaining opportunities” of OFTP mediated the positive relationship between WFE and work engagement, and the negative relationship between WFE and emotional exhaustion. Chronological age moderated the positive relationship between WFE and the dimension “remaining time” of OFTP, with stronger effects among older workers.

Research limitations/implications

This research has confirmed that OFTP is influenced by WFE and that WFE matters, especially for older workers. Future research should continue to study the effects of the work–family interface on older workers.

Practical implications

Age management practices should take WFE into consideration when managing an aging workforce. In particular, older workers may benefit from WFE to increase their perception of remaining opportunities at work, which, in turn, increase well-being.

Originality/value

This study contributes evidence for the role of personal resources (i.e. remaining opportunities) in the relationship between WF-E and well-being at work.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge Sarah van den Bijllaardt and Anaïs Gourmeur for their help in collecting the data for the present study.

Citation

Henry, H. and Desmette, D. (2018), "Work-family enrichment and well-being: the role of occupational future time perspective", Career Development International, Vol. 23 No. 6/7, pp. 542-556. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-02-2018-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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