Work-family climate, organizational commitment, and turnover: Multilevel contagion effects of leaders

John W. O'Neill, Michelle M. Harrison, Jeannette Cleveland, David Almeida, Robert Stawski, Anne C. Crouter

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This paper presents empirical research analyzing the relationship between work-family climate (operationalized in terms of three work-family climate sub-scales), organizational leadership (i.e., senior manager) characteristics, organizational commitment and turnover intent among 526 employees from 37 different hotels across the US. Using multilevel modeling, we found significant associations between work-family climate, and both organizational commitment and turnover intent, both within and between hotels. Findings underscored the importance of managerial support for employee work-family balance, the relevance of senior managers' own work-family circumstances in relation to employees' work outcomes, and the existence of possible contagion effects of leaders in relation to work-family climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-29
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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