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Exploring the differential impact of work passion on life satisfaction and job performance via the work–family interface

Sheryl Chummar (School of Human Resource Management, York University, York, UK)
Parbudyal Singh (School of Human Resource Management, York University, York, UK)
Souha R. Ezzedeen (School of Human Resource Management, York University, York, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 17 June 2019

Issue publication date: 22 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of work passion on life satisfaction and job performance through a work–life conflict path and a work–life enrichment path. The authors also consider individual and contextual factors under which these relationships are affected. Implications for researchers and HR practitioners are highlighted.

Design/methodology/approach

The conceptual paper draws mainly on conservation of resources theory to explore the differential impact of work passion on the work–life interface and, consequently, on life satisfaction and job performance.

Findings

The authors theorize how two types of passion – harmonious and obsessive – relate to both work–family conflict and work–family enrichment. Given the emphasis on resources in these relationships, the authors also consider the moderating effects of psychological detachment and a supportive work–family organizational culture. Finally, the authors demonstrate the significant impact of studying the passion/work–family relationship by illustrating its effects on two important outcomes for individuals and organizations, namely life satisfaction and job performance.

Originality/value

Although the study of work passion is gaining attention from management scholars, little research has examined its influence on job performance and the work–life interface. This paper advances the authors’ knowledge in these areas. Furthermore, the authors argue the importance of considering both the individual and organizational contexts wherein the experience of work passion plays out.

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Acknowledgements

There is no conflict of interest.

Citation

Chummar, S., Singh, P. and Ezzedeen, S.R. (2019), "Exploring the differential impact of work passion on life satisfaction and job performance via the work–family interface", Personnel Review, Vol. 48 No. 5, pp. 1100-1119. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-02-2017-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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