Commitment, support and turnover intentions as outcomes of work-family conflict in New Zealand

Author: Jarrod M. Haar

Abstract: This study explored the relationships between work-family conflict and job-related outcomes in a New Zealand local government organisation. Studies of work-family conflict outcomes based in New Zealand are rare. This study explored work-family conflict bi-directionally (work-family and family-work), as predictors of a number of attitudes about the organisation. Findings indicate work-family conflict is a significant and negative predictor of organisational commitment and perceived organisational support. Work-family conflict was also found to significantly and positively predict turnover intention. The family-work conflict was not significantly associated with any of these attitudes. The findings offer support for the notion that the negative influences of conflict found in the work-family literature are generalizable to New Zealand employees. Explanations for lack of family-work conflict relating to job outcomes are explored.