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Bottom-line pursuits invade your family: the spillover effect of supervisor bottom-line mentality on employee work-to-family conflict

Jun Xie (School of Business and Center for Cantonese Merchants Research, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China)
Qihai Huang (School of Business, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)
Zhang Huiying (School of Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China)
Yun Zhang (School of Management, Wuzhou University, Wuzhou, China)
Kangyu Chen (School of Management, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China)

International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Article publication date: 15 July 2022

Issue publication date: 26 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between supervisor bottom-line mentality (BLM) and employee work-to-family conflict (WFC) through employee psychological detachment, and the moderating role of employee trait optimism.

Design/methodology/approach

The research model was empirically tested using a sample of 225 two-wave data gathered from five Chinese companies.

Findings

The results revealed that employee psychological detachment mediated the impact of supervisor BLM on employee WFC. Moreover, employee trait optimism buffered the negative relationship between supervisor BLM and employee psychological detachment and the indirect effect of supervisor BLM on employee WFC through employee psychological detachment.

Practical implications

Supervisors should pay more attention to the spillover effect of supervisor BLM on employees’ family life and take some training measures to help employees effectively psychological detach from supervisor BLM.

Originality/value

The findings, therefore, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the adverse effects of supervisor BLM beyond the work domain and the buffering role of employee trait optimism on work–family intervention.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Dr Richard Posthuma and anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.

Funding: This research was funded by Humanity and Social Science Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China (20YJA630072, 20YJC630221), Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (GD19CGL15), Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of Guangxi (20FGL042), Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi (2020GXNSFBA159056), Wuzhou University Research Foundation for Advanced Talents (WZUQDJJ17137), and the Project of Wuzhou University (2022A002).

Compliance with ethical standards. Ethical approval: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent: Oral informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflicts of interest: All authors declare no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship or the publication of this paper.

Data availability statement. The data sets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

Citation

Xie, J., Huang, Q., Huiying, Z., Zhang, Y. and Chen, K. (2022), "Bottom-line pursuits invade your family: the spillover effect of supervisor bottom-line mentality on employee work-to-family conflict", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 812-828. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCMA-01-2022-0003

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