Good marriage at home, creativity at work: Family–work enrichment effect on workplace creativity

Yipeng Tang, Xu HUANG, Yongli Wang*

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    Abstract

    To advance the understanding of socio-relational sources of employee creativity, we investigate the effect of a good marriage on workplace creativity. Drawing on family–work enrichment theory, we propose and test the idea that a satisfying marriage boosts a spillover of psychological resources from family to work that enhances employees' workplace creativity. Using survey data collected from 548 spouse–employee–supervisor triads, we find an indirect positive relationship between employees' marital satisfaction and workplace creativity through a spillover of psychological resources from family to work. We also find that this spillover is most pronounced when both employees and their spouses are satisfied with their marriage. The results further demonstrate that the indirect effect of marital satisfaction on workplace creativity through the spillover of psychological resources is significant for employees with a low creative personality, but not for those with a high creative personality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)749-766
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
    Volume38
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Applied Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Psychology(all)
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

    User-Defined Keywords

    • family–work resource spillover
    • marital satisfaction
    • workplace creativity

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