International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion (3 papers in press)
Mother-Friendly Companies, Work-Life Balance, and Emotional Well-Being: Is there a Relationship to Financial Performance and Risk Level?
by Janell Blazovich, Katherine Smith, L. Murphy Smith
Abstract: Research in philosophy, sociology, history, and business indicates that the family is the key building block of a nation or culture. In families, parents often struggle with time allocation between their jobs and family life. The pursuit of career and wealth can easily become over-prioritized to the detriment of family. Even in ancient times, this was a problem, as indicated by the wise king Solomon, who warned: Those who love money will never have enough. In recent decades, the proportion of women in the labor force has greatly increased. Being mother-friendly may be ethically right and socially desirable, but what is the financial impact on companies with human resource policies that facilitate the mother role of female employees? Findings of this study provide support that mother-friendly firms experience better financial performance; specifically, higher market value of equity. This is a notable finding, suggesting that the capital markets value firms with mother friendly attributes. This affirms prior research that shows enhancing work-life balance, which facilitates emotional well-being, is associated with improved job performance, which in turn is associated with better company financial performance.
Keywords: CSR; Family Friendly; Emotional well-being; Work-Life Balance; Job Satisfaction; Human Resource Development.
Work Symbolic Motive Scale (Work-SMS): Development and Validation of a measure of Affective Investment at work
by Chiara Fregonese, Andrea Caputo, Viviana Langher
Abstract: The general aim of this paper is to propose a conceptualisation and an operational measure for affective investment and symbolic motives at work. The Work-Symbolic Motive Scale (Work-SMS) score provides a general measure of affective investment, conceived as an endowing process of gratifying qualities to the work context, sustained by the four symbolic motives of achievement, affiliation, power and autonomy. Two studies were conducted (N=632) suggesting a final 12-item scale with a second-order factor model. Evidence for construct and convergent validity was collected and overall good internal consistency, test-retest reliability estimates and predictive validity after one month were verified.
Keywords: affective investment; affective symbolisation; career adaptability; validation; adjective scale; work self-efficacy; professional development; achievement; affiliation; power; autonomy; symbolic motive.
Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Health of Faculty: An Exploratory Study
by Amit Jain, Shruti Mishra, Gajendra Yadav
Abstract: This Study is sought to better understand the Physical, Spiritual and Emotional health of Faculties in Educational Institutions. The current study explores the work/ Job-related health problems and difficulties which are faced by the faculties of educational institutions. These above-mentioned dimensions comprise of Physical comfort/discomfort, emotional instability and spiritual health of employees. An exploratory study was conducted with the help of a structured interview schedule on a sample of 70 faculties & teachers. Results extracted with the help of content analysis indicated that faculties irrespective of gender have several physical discomforts which sometimes lead to emotional instability. Most of the faculties are negative for their overall health experience. To Cope-up with this issue, this paper suggests suitable physical exercises & meditation to ensures better Physical, Spiritual and Emotional health.
Keywords: Physical Health; Emotional Health; Spiritual Health; Sedentary Lifestyle; Work-stress; Work-life balance; Physical activity; Yoga.