Understanding the link between work life balance practices and organisational outcomes in SMEs: The mediating effect of a supportive culture

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Personnel Review
  • Volumen: 41
  • Número: 3
  • Fecha: 01 abril 2012
  • Páginas: 359-379
  • ISSN: 00483486
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.1108/00483481211212986
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
Purpose: This study aims to explore the impact of the availability of work life balance (WLB) practices on organisational outcomes in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) mediated by the existence of a culture that supports WLB. Design/methodology/approach: An empirical study was performed with a sample of 229 SMEs representing the metal industry sector of Southeast Spain. Findings: The findings show that a WLB supportive culture mediates the effect of the availability of WLB practices on organisational performance. Research limitations/implications: Among the limitations of this study the authors highlight the transverse nature of the research and the data collection based on self-reports. Practical implications: Companies interested in increasing organisational outcomes should introduce WLB practices. Moreover, practitioners should enhance an organisational culture positive towards employees' balance, communicating their support towards WLB initiatives. Social implications: The availability of WLB initiatives in the organisations generates not only positive outcomes for employees (e.g. reduction of inter-role conflict, higher satisfaction, etc.), but also increases the organisational results for employers. Originality/value: This research focuses on SMEs and the results have implications for practitioners and academics. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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