Off-the-job embeddedness as a moderator of the relationship between work and life conflict and turnover intention

Treuren, Gerrit J. M. and Fein, Erich C. (2018) Off-the-job embeddedness as a moderator of the relationship between work and life conflict and turnover intention. International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Abstract

The impact of work and life conflict on employee performance and turnover is well-understood. In contrast, the role of off-the-job embeddedness – the attachment of an employee to his or her life outside of work – needs clarification in respect to its potential to buffer the negative effects of work and life conflict on employee turnover intention. Drawing on conservation of resources and job embeddedness theories, we argue that off-the-job embeddedness represents a collection of potential social support resources that can assist people in coping with the stressors resulting from work and life conflict. Based on a sample of 341 employees, this paper examines if off-the-job embeddedness moderates the relationship between work and life conflict and employee turnover intention. This study nds that off-the-job embeddedness weakened the impact of work and life conflict on turnover intention for more embedded employees. The implications of these findings are discussed for management practise and for the development of theory related to off-the-job embeddedness.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 16 November 2019. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 23:54
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: off-the-job embeddedness; job embeddedness theory; conservation of resources theory; retention; turnover; social support; motivation
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2018.1510847
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35712

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