Flexible work arrangements, organisational culture and employee well-being

Timms, C., Brough, P., Kalliath, T., O'Driscoll, M., Siu, O.L., Sit, C., and Lo, D. (2013) Flexible work arrangements, organisational culture and employee well-being. In: Abstracts from the 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. From: 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, 3-6 July 2013, Perth, WA, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Flexible work arrangements (FWAs) are often written into company policy to demonstrate that the organisation is sensitive to potentially difficult interfaces between employees' work and non-work domains. However the take up of such policies by employees depends on embedded workplace cultural norms. These norms can be supportive or they can hinder use of flexible options by employees. The current research investigated employees' use of FWAs and its particular relationship to work engagement within the context of their organisational culture. Turnover intentions and psychological strain were also used as criterion variables for comparison purposes. A heterogeneous sample of Australian employees (n = 823) responded to two waves of data collection with a twelve month interval. Relationships between supportive and hindering aspects of organisational culture and the outcome variables of work engagement, turnover intentions and psychological strain supported the research hypotheses in expected directions. However, the research also identified a negative relationship between use of FWAs and work engagement over time. This highlights the organisational climate in which FWAs are made available to employees. These results and implications are discussed.

Item ID: 31432
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: flexible work arrangements, psychological health
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Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 04:08
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