Role resources and work-family enrichment : the role of work engagement

Oi-ling SIU, Jia-fang LU, Paula BROUGH, Chang-qin LU, Arnold B. BAKKER, Thomas KALLIATH, Michael O'DRISCOLL, David R. PHILLIPS, Wei-qing CHEN, Danny LO, Cindy SIT, Kan SHI

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This article proposes a theoretical model of work-family enrichment and tests the mediating role of work engagement. The inclusion of work engagement extends prior research on work-family interface, and allows for examination of the effects of role resources (job resources, family support) on work-family enrichment. A two-wave survey was conducted among a matched sample of 786 employees in China. The model was tested with structural equation modeling techniques. The results showed that work engagement was the most proximal predictor of work-family enrichment. Work engagement fully mediated the relationship between family-friendly organizational policies and work-family enrichment, and also between job autonomy and family-work enrichment. Further, work engagement partially mediated the relationships between two job resources (supervisor support, job autonomy) and work-family enrichment, and also between family support and family-work enrichment. No difference was found in gender and marital status in the proposed model. Implications for future research and practices are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-480
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


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