The Supportive Spouse at Work: Does Being Work-Linked Help?
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
American Psychological Association
Using a sample of 639 dual-career couples, we examined the role of work-related spousal support on work-family balance and subsequent outcomes for both the job incumbent as well as his or her spouse. We further investigated whether the resource of work-related spousal support contributed to greater balance for those couples who were work-linked (work in same organization, same occupation, or both) and those who were not. We found work-related spousal support contributed to work-family balance and subsequent improved family satisfaction and job satisfaction of the job incumbent. Furthermore, support crossed over to the spouse through increased work-family balance to decrease stress transmission to enhance family satisfaction and reduce relationship tension of the spouse. Implications for researchers and organizational leaders are discussed.
Ferguson, M.,Carlson, D., Kacmar, M., & Halbesleben, J. (2016). “The supportive spouse at work: Does being work-linked help?” Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 21(1): 37-50.