Supporting Working Parents: The Effects of Work-Family Policies on Job Performance

dc.contributor.advisorSpitzmueller, Christiane
dc.contributor.advisorReyes, Denise L.
dc.creatorVan Egdom, Drake
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-1769-0944
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-14T16:30:59Z
dc.date.available2023-06-14T16:30:59Z
dc.date.createdMay 2023
dc.date.issued2023-05-23
dc.date.updated2023-06-14T16:31:01Z
dc.description.abstractWork-family policies are critical for meeting employee needs and ensuring a diverse and equitable workforce, however theory and research has yet to fully explain how employees reciprocate with job performance throughout the employee life cycle. Specifically, I extend social exchange theory by examining the importance of work-family policy availability and use during the job search process for organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs) and counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) (study 1) and after the birth of a child for cumulative productivity trends (study 2). In study 1, I examine how the attractiveness of work-family policies during the job search process may relate to the individual’s OCBs and CWBs after accepting a job. First, I will construct and evaluate a measure of attractiveness of family supportive organizations using two samples (N1 = 407 students; N2 = 350 job seekers with children, which I define as an individual’s positive attitude towards applying to organizations that support family responsibilities. Using moderated mediation on the second sample, I will assess a social exchange theory model of organizations providing work-family policies to meet the individual’s attraction to family supportive organizations relates to the employee’s OCBs and CWBs once employed. In study 2, I will use two samples of academic parents (N1 = 129 parents, n1 = 1,527 observations; N2 = 386 parents, n2 = 6,945 observations) to examine how the availability and use of childcare benefits and parental leave impact their cumulative research productivity trends after the birth of a child. The current study strengthens the theoretical and practical implications for work-family policies improving OCBs, CWBs, and cumulative productivity trends.
dc.description.departmentPsychology, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/14512
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectWork-family policies
dc.subjectJob performance
dc.subjectParents
dc.titleSupporting Working Parents: The Effects of Work-Family Policies on Job Performance
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology, Industrial and Organizational
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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