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Work/Non-Work Practices and Employee Perceptions of Organization Attractiveness: The Role of Work/Non-Work Interference and Enhancement and Perceived Organizational Support
by Quarton, Amy, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2013, 175; 1543905
Abstract (Summary)

The interplay between employees' work roles and non-work roles has led many organizations to implement work/non-work (W/NW) practices. In addition to helping employees manage their responsibilities, these practices can attract job applicants and enhance current employees' commitment to the organization. The existing research, however, has found mixed results regarding how W/NW practices attract applicants, and has neglected to address employees' perceptions of attractiveness. To address these gaps in the literature, the current study investigated the relationships between the availability and utilization of organizational W/NW practices and employees' perceptions of organizational attractiveness in a sample of full-time employees. In addition, the study examined the roles of five variables: perceived organizational support (POS), perceived organizational non-work support (PONS), perceived supervisor non-work support (PSNS), W/NW enhancement, and W/NW interference. Three hundred eighty-four participants, recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk, completed questionnaires related to their current work experiences. The results supported all but one of the hypotheses. Most importantly, the availability and utilization of W/NW practices were both positively related to employee attraction. Participants who reported higher percentages of practice availability or utilization were significantly more attracted to their current employer than participants who reported lower percentages of practice availability or utilization. In addition, POS, PONS, PSNS, and W/NW enhancement partially mediated these relationships, such that the availability and utilization of W/NW practices led to increased employee attraction through increased POS, PONS, PSNS, and W/NW enhancement. Implications for future research and practical applications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daus, Catherine
Commitee: Berkley, Robyn, Nadler, Joel T.
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology
Keywords: Mechanical turk, Organizational attractiveness, Perceived organizational support, Work/non-work interface
Publication Number: 1543905
ISBN: 978-1-303-32396-6
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