Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces
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Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Workplaces can often be sources of stress, interfering with both job satisfaction and performance. This book explores ways to combat the factors contributing to an unhealthy workplace by building on the advances in positive psychology and organizational scholarship over the last 15 years.
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Chapter 21: Supporting employees with caregiving responsibilities

Clarissa Bohlmann and Hannes Zacher


An increasing number of employees provide informal care for others. In this chapter, the authors review the theoretical and empirical literature on workplace social support for employed caregivers, including employees with childcare and/or eldercare responsibilities. They adopt a stressor–strain–outcome framework to describe how caregiving demands may influence important work outcomes via work–family conflict, and integrate it with theorizing on workplace social support. The authors first summarize evidence regarding beneficial main and buffering effects of actual and perceived organizational support among employed caregivers. Subsequently, they describe findings on main and buffering effects of supervisor and co-worker support. The chapter concludes by outlining directions for future research and practical implications.

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