December 5, 2016

Publications & Research

listed below are a selection of publications that support the effectiveness of our products and services

Designing Work, Family & Health Organizational Change Initiatives

Kossek, Hammer, Kelly, & Moen (2014)

For decades leaders and scholars have been advocating change efforts to improve work-life relationships. Yet most initiatives have lacked rigor and not been developed using
scientific principles. This has created an evidence gap for employer support of work and personal life as a win–win for productivity and employees’ well-being. This paper examines the approach used by the U.S. Work Family Health Network (WFRN) to develop an innovative workplace intervention to improve employee and family health.

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Measurement Development and Validation of the Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior Short-Form (FSSB-SF)

Hammer, Kossek, Bodner, and Crain (2013)

Recently, scholars have demonstrated the importance of Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB), defined as behaviors exhibited by supervisors that are supportive of employees’ family roles, in relation to health, well-being, and organizational outcomes. FSSB was originally conceptualized as a multidimensional, superordinate construct with four subordinate dimensions assessed with 14 items: emotional support, instrumental support, role modeling behaviors, and creative work-family management. Retaining one item from each dimension, two studies were conducted to support the development and use of a new FSSB-Short Form (FSSB-SF).

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Workplace social support and work-family conflict:  A meta-analysis clarifying the influence of general and work-family specific supervisor and organizational support.

Kossek, Pichler, Bodner, and Hammer (2011)

This article uses meta-analysis to develop a model integrating research on relationships between employee perceptions of general and work–family-specific supervisor and organizational support and work–family conflict.

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Clarifying work-family intervention processes

Hammer, Kossek, Anger, Bodner, & Zimmerman (2011)

Drawing on a conceptual model integrating research on training, work-family interventions, and social support, we conducted a quasi-experimental field study to assess the impact of a supervisory training and self-monitoring intervention designed to increase supervisors’ use of family supportive supervisor behaviors.

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Development and validation of a multi-dimensional scale of family supportive supervisor behaviors, (FSSB)

Hammer, Kossek, Yragui, Bodner, & Hansen (2009)

Due to growing work-family demands, supervisors need to effectively exhibit family supportive supervisor behaviors (FSSB). Drawing on social support theory and using data from two samples of lower wage workers, the authors develop and validate a measure of FSSB, defined as behaviors exhibited by supervisors that are supportive of families.

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Work-life training for supervisors gets big results

Kossek and Hammer (2008)

Simple, inexpensive programs that teach managers to be more supportive of their direct reports’ work/life issues can generate big returns in employee health and satisfaction, according to a multiyear study of hundreds of front line workers and dozens of supervisors.

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