EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT. AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON SICKNESS PRESENTEEISM
CRISTIANA CĂTĂLINA CICEI
National School of Political Studies and Public Administration,
College of Communication and Public Relations
This study explores the relationship between work-family conflict and attendance dynamics, having in view the case of sickness presenteeism. We presume that the negative interference of work with family can predict if employees attend work when ill. The research was conducted on a convenience sample of composed of 126 employees (M=41.6, SD=5.50), working in public and private Romanian organizations. The majority of the participants were from dual-earner couples and over a half had dependent care responsibilities. Work-family conflict was assessed using 9 items measuring the interference between work and family from Carlson, Kacmar and Williams (2000) multidimensional WFC scale and one item measure of sickness presenteeism (Aronsson, Gustafsson, & Dallner, 2000). Results indicated that work-family conflict predicted sickness presenteeism, but in a small extent. The generalization of results must be made with cautions, due to the small sample size, and other research limitations, including the cross-sectional design of the study, sample composition and the use of self-report measures. Implications and future research directions are discussed.
Keywords: work-family conflict, sickness presenteeism, health, attendance dynamics
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2. C.C. Cicei (2012). Examining the effects of work-familiy conflict. An exploratory study on sickness presenteeism. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, vol. 3, no.1, pp. 4-11, 2012.
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