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Do boundary preferences, work-family self-efficacy and proactive personality predict job satisfaction? The mediating role of work-family enrichment

Rajesh Premchandran (HRM, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)
Pushpendra Priyadarshi (Department of Human Resource Management, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 30 November 2018

Issue publication date: 15 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of personality and individual differences as an antecedent to work-family enrichment (WFE) and consequently with job satisfaction. This study address gaps in WFE literature by looking at proactivity, work-family self-efficacy (WFSE) and family permeability as antecedent variables that have received scant attention from researchers. By addressing these gaps, the study seeks to advance theory on WFE and its relation to job satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors do this through the exploration of pathways through WFE and studying 508 married individuals, with at least one child, working in the IT/ITES sector in India. The authors use structural equation modeling to analyze different pathways from personality based antecedents and WFE as mediator.

Findings

The results demonstrate the mediating role of WFE in the relationship between antecedents (WFSE, family permeability and proactive personality) and job satisfaction.

Research limitations/implications

This study contributes to existing research on WFE and personality by showing that WFE is a significant pathway toward job satisfaction and how personality variables influence satisfaction.

Originality/value

It is also the first study to use proactivity and WFSE as antecedents to test out the influence of WFE on job satisfaction. This is also the first study to look at only married individuals with children in a WFE study forced on the services sector. Consequently, these findings have significant implications in the way organizations deal with work-life situations, especially in the 30+ age bracket in India.

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Citation

Premchandran, R. and Priyadarshi, P. (2019), "Do boundary preferences, work-family self-efficacy and proactive personality predict job satisfaction? The mediating role of work-family enrichment", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 198-212. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-07-2018-0042

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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