Reducing work-to-life interference in the public service: The importance of participative management as mediated by other work attributes

McCrea, Rod, Boreham, Paul and Ferguson, Michele (2011) Reducing work-to-life interference in the public service: The importance of participative management as mediated by other work attributes. Journal of Sociology, 47 3: 313-332. doi:10.1177/1440783311407946


Author McCrea, Rod
Boreham, Paul
Ferguson, Michele
Title Reducing work-to-life interference in the public service: The importance of participative management as mediated by other work attributes
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783311407946
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 313
End page 332
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Research suggests an association between participative management and lower work-to-life interference. We extend these findings to the public sector and examine possible pathways which link them, hypothesizing that participative management reduces work-to-life interference through its impact on other work attributes. Using a survey of public sector employees in Queensland, Australia and structural equation modelling, the results show that participatory management consistently reduces work-to-life interference via a number of pathways: by increasing flexibility of work hours, increasing meaningful work, reducing workload, and reducing work uncertainty. Although females with dependents work fewer hours on average, they are still more likely to have higher work-to-life interference. Overall, however, the main way participative management can reduce work-to-life interference is by reducing workloads. Participative management is normally employed to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness; however, it can also reduce work-to-life interferences for its employees and thus assist an organization in meeting its social responsibility obligations.
Keyword Family
Work-life balance
Work practices
Dual-earner couples
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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