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Published in: Asian Journal of Business Ethics 1/2021

07-12-2020

Work-life balance of Chinese knowledge workers under flextime arrangement: the relationship of work-life balance supportive culture and work-life spillover

Authors: Louis Ka-hei Fung, Ray Tak-yin Hui, Wally Chi-wai Yau

Published in: Asian Journal of Business Ethics | Issue 1/2021

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Abstract

As an emerging human resource issue in business ethics, work-life balance (WLB) has been gaining increasing attention from both practitioners and scholars in recent years. In response to the call of Kelliher et al. (Human Resource Management Journal, 29(2):97–112, 2019), we addressed the research gap by examining the WLB of Chinese knowledge workers (i.e., software professionals in this study) under flextime arrangement (i.e., one very common type of flexible work arrangements) and the impact of work-life supportive culture on work-life spillover of the workers. Specifically, we examined the relationships between three components of work-life supportive culture, namely managerial support, career consequences, and organizational time demands, and two aspects of work-life spillover, positive and negative spillover, perceived by the workers. A quantitative survey with 35 employees in a software development company in Hong Kong was conducted. The results of structure equation modelling showed that managerial support was positively related to positive work-life spillover while organizational time demands (i.e., a negative component in WLB supportive culture) was positively related to employees’ negative spillover. WLB needs of knowledge workers and the role of organizational culture in effective implementation of WLB policies were discussed, and several feasible WLB policies were suggested for managers.

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Metadata
Title
Work-life balance of Chinese knowledge workers under flextime arrangement: the relationship of work-life balance supportive culture and work-life spillover
Authors
Louis Ka-hei Fung
Ray Tak-yin Hui
Wally Chi-wai Yau
Publication date
07-12-2020
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Asian Journal of Business Ethics / Issue 1/2021
Print ISSN: 2210-6723
Electronic ISSN: 2210-6731
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13520-020-00114-7

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