Clarifying the dynamic interrelation of conflicts between the work and home domain and counterproductive work behavior.

Lynn Germeys, Sara De Gieter

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This study investigates the daily relationship between experiencing home–work conflict (HWC) and an employee’s performance of counterproductive work behaviour (CWB) directed towards the individual counterproductive work behavior directed towards the individual (CWBI) and CWB directed towards the organization (CWBO). Moreover, we examine whether these relationships are buffered by family supportive supervisor behaviour. Finally, we investigate whether CWBs directed towards the individual and the organization are related to feelings of work–home conflict (WHC). We examined the daily diary data using multilevel path analyses. We found support for a significant positive relation between HWC
and same as well as next-day CWB enacted towards the individual, and same-day CWB directed towards the organization. General levels of family supportive supervisor behaviour buffered an employee’s daily relationship between experiencing HWC and enacting counterproductive work behaviour towards the
individual, and are directly and negatively related with enacting CWB towards the individual and the organization. Furthermore, daily CWB enacted towards the individual was significantly positive, whereas CWB enacted towards the organization was significantly negatively related to WHC. Future research
would benefit from examining buffering effects on the resource-depleting relationship between counterproductive work behaviour enacted towards the individual and WHC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Home–work conflict, counterproductive work behaviour, family supportive supervisor behaviour, work–home conflict, diary study


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