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“Handle with care”: The mediating role of schedule i-deals in the relationship between supervisors' own caregiving responsibilities and employee outcomes

Las Heras, M and Van der Heijden, BIJM and De Jong, J and Rofcanin, Y (2017) '“Handle with care”: The mediating role of schedule i-deals in the relationship between supervisors' own caregiving responsibilities and employee outcomes.' Human Resource Management Journal, 27 (3). 335 - 349. ISSN 0954-5395

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Abstract

© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Drawing on theories of perspective-taking and i-deals, this study explores the impact of supervisors' own caregiving responsibilities for elders and parental status on subordinates' schedule i-deals. Moreover, we investigate the extent to which schedule i-deals mediate the relationship between supervisors' caregiving responsibilities and two employee outcomes: satisfaction with work–family balance and turnover intentions. Using a sample of 520 dyads involving 137 supervisors and 520 employees, the results of multilevel analysis show that supervisors' caregiving responsibilities for elders is positively related to schedule i-deals, but their parental status is not. The findings also show that schedule i-deals mediate the effect of supervisors' caregiving responsibilities for elders on subordinates' satisfaction with work–family balance and turnover intentions. This research contributes to the i-deals' literature by focusing on the role of managers' own caregiving responsibilities in facilitating the provision of schedule i-deals to their subordinates and by exploring the consequences of schedule i-deals to gain an understanding of the mutually beneficial nature of such deals. From a practical point of view, supervisors and HR departments might utilise schedule i-deals to drive desirable employee outcomes, in particular their caregiving responsibilities, and to engender a family-supportive organisational culture.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 10:55
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20102

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