Spillover between Work and Home, Role Importance and Life Satisfaction

14 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2014

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Hans‐Joachim Wolfram

Kingston Business School

Lynda Gratton

London Business School - Department of Strategic & International Management

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

This study of n = 201 knowledge workers examines positive and negative spillover between work and home and its interrelation with life satisfaction. Additionally, it accounts for the direct effect of role importance on life satisfaction and its moderating effect on the interrelation between spillover and life satisfaction. Central to role importance is the degree of attachment that an individual places on family role and career role. Positive spillover from home is interrelated with higher life satisfaction, whereas negative spillover from work is related to lower life satisfaction. Family role importance and career role importance are associated with higher life satisfaction. For respondents with higher family role importance, there is a stronger interrelation between negative spillover from home and lower life satisfaction.

Suggested Citation

Wolfram, Hans‐Joachim and Gratton, Lynda, Spillover between Work and Home, Role Importance and Life Satisfaction (January 2014). British Journal of Management, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 77-90, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2012.00833.x

Hans‐Joachim Wolfram (Contact Author)

Kingston Business School ( email )

Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
United Kingdom

Lynda Gratton

London Business School - Department of Strategic & International Management ( email )

Sussex Place
Regent's Park
London, NW1 4SA
United Kingdom

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