Handbook of Research on Work–Life Balance in Asia
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Handbook of Research on Work–Life Balance in Asia

Edited by Luo Lu and Cary Cooper

In Asian societies, work and family issues are only recently beginning to gain attention. The pressure of rapid social change and increasing global competition is compounded by the long hours work culture, especially in the Pan-Confucian societies such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Furthermore, with the rising female labor participation, more and more Asian employees are now caught between the demands of work and family life.
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Chapter 7: Work–home interference and employees’ well-being and performance: the moderating role of Chinese work value

Chang-qin Lu, Xiao-min Xu and David E. Caughlin


Using a Chinese sample, the current study investigated work-to-home interference (WHI) in relation to strain and job performance, as well as the moderating effect of Chinese work value (CWV). A total of 513 employees participated in the study. The results showed that WHI was positively related to employees’ physical and psychological strain, while a negative but non-significant relationship was found between WHI and job performance. Further, CWV was found to moderate the above relationships. Specifically, high levels of CWV exacerbated the negative associations between employees’ WHI and their physical and psychological strain. Unexpectedly, for employees with high CWV, job performance was higher when WHI was high compared to when it was low. The results highlight the importance of incorporating culture-specific value constructs when examining the work–home interface.

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