The Relationship between Work-Life Blending and Subjective Well-Being Considering Work-Life Conflict
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IWP Conference 2016 - Work and Organizational Psychology: Making a Difference
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New information and communication technologies offer new possibilities for employees to do their work outside the local office or to organize private things at work (e.g., per e-mails, instant messengers). Today, work-life blending, which describes a blurring of boundaries between work and private life, has increasing importance in research, as it hides the risk of emotional strain, work intensification and a conflict between work and private life.
The present study investigates the effect of work-life blending on employees' subjective well-being and the aim is to test whether a work-life conflict could act as a mediator in explaining the relationship. On the basis of a cross-sectional design and an online survey with 324 employees, hierarchical linear regression analyses were conducted. The results show that work-life blending, which is positively correlated with work-life conflict, has a negative effect on subjective well-being. Furthermore, the data indicate that work-life conflict may act as a mediator in this relationship. In this matter, the use of synchronous communication technologies (instant messengers) exhibited the highest values.