This article proposes a theoretical model of work-family enrichment and tests the mediating role of work engagement. The inclusion of work engagement extends prior research on work-family interface, and allows for examination of the effects of role resources (job resources, family support) on work-family enrichment. A two-wave survey was conducted among a matched sample of 786 employees in China. The model was tested with structural equation modeling techniques. The results showed that work engagement was the most proximal predictor of work-family enrichment. Work engagement fully mediated the relationship between family-friendly organizational policies and work-family enrichment, and also between job autonomy and family-work enrichment. Further, work engagement partially mediated the relationships between two job resources (supervisor support, job autonomy) and work-family enrichment, and also between family support and family-work enrichment. No difference was found in gender and marital status in the proposed model. Implications for future research and practices are discussed.

dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2010.06.007, hdl.handle.net/1765/59859
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Department of Psychology

Siu, R.K, Lu, J.-F, Brough, P, Lu, C.-Q, Bakker, A.B, Kalliath, T, … Shi, K. (2010). Role resources and work-family enrichment: The role of work engagement. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77(3), 470–480. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2010.06.007