Supervisor relationships and perceptions of work—family conflict

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Title Supervisor relationships and perceptions of work—family conflict
Author Brunetto, Yvonne; Farr-Wharton, Rod; Ramsay, Sheryl Gai; Shacklock, Kate Herring
Journal Name Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Social capital theory (SCT) is used as a lens for operationalising the impact of one type of workplace relationship — the supervisor—subordinate relationship (measured using leader—member exchange (LMX)) — upon employees' perceptions of work—family conflict (WFC) and in turn, job satisfaction. The analysis distinguishes between different types of employees (professional and non-professional) within different work contexts (public and private sector). A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data from a sample of 180 police officers and 1064 nurses (898 private sector and 344 public sector employees). The findings show that the supervisor—subordinate relationship predicted 43.3% of police officers' perception of WFC, but only 2.9% of nurses' perception. Moreover, 33.46% of the variance of job satisfaction was explained by employees' perception of LMX and WFC, although the impact was stronger for police officers in particular and public sector employees in general. The implication is that organisations will benefit from promoting effective workplace supervisor—subordinate relationships.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1038411110368467
Volume 48
Issue Number 2
Page from 212
Page to 232
ISSN 1038-4111
Date Accessioned 2010-12-10
Date Available 2011-01-25T02:22:02Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35698
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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