Direct and indirect links between organizational work-home culture and employee well-being


Beauregard, T. 2011. Direct and indirect links between organizational work-home culture and employee well-being. British Journal of Management. 22 (2), pp. 218-237.
TitleDirect and indirect links between organizational work-home culture and employee well-being
AuthorsBeauregard, T.

The extent to which an organization’s culture exhibits support for its employees’ efforts to balance work and personal responsibilities has been shown to influence a number of work- and home-related outcomes. This study tests a model with a mix of mediated and moderated relationships to investigate direct and indirect routes by which work-home culture may affect employee well-being. Sex differences in these relationships are also explored. Data collected from public sector employees in the UK indicate that a supportive work-home culture is significantly associated with lower levels of psychosomatic strain among employees. For women, this relationship is mediated by reduced levels of work-home interference. Different types of support demonstrate different effects for men and for women: managerial support has a more beneficial impact on women’s well-being, and organizational time demands have a more detrimental impact on men’s well-being. Recommendations for managers to boost employee well-being include shifting the focus away from presenteeism and toward work outputs in order to reduce gender stereotypes and improve attitudes toward those using flexible work practices and family-friendly initiatives, incorporating work-home supportiveness into the managerial performance appraisal process, and compensating or otherwise recognizing employees taking on absent colleagues’ workloads.

KeywordsStrain; work-family culture; work-home interference; work-family conflict
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Publication dates
PrintJun 2011
Online26 Nov 2010
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Apr 2016
Accepted01 Jan 2010
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Beauregard, T. A. (2011), Direct and Indirect Links Between Organizational Work–Home Culture and Employee Well-being. British Journal of Management, 22: 218–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2010.00723.x, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving

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Article first published online: 26 Nov 2010

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