Leadership and People Management

"Handle with Care": The Mediating Role of Schedule I-deals in the Relationship between Supervisors' Own Caregiving Responsibilities and Employee Outcomes

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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 2 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' care-giving 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.
Bibliographic citation: Las Heras, Mireia; Van der Heijden, Beatrice; de Jong, Jeroen; Rofcanin, Yasin, ""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, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2017, pp 335 - 349

Reference: 10.1111/1748-8583.12160 (DOI)
Date: 07/2017
Author(s): Las Heras, Mireia; Van der Heijden, Beatrice; de Jong, Jeroen; Rofcanin, Yasin
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Languages: English