Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study well-being among the internationally mobile work force by exploring the relationships between international business traveling, work-family conflict (WFC), and health issues. In this study, these relationships are examined on the basis of the health impairment process of the job demands-resources model. More specifically, the study examines the role of WFC as a mediator between international business travel and sleep problems using a full panel design. Design/methodology/approach – The data for this study are drawn from Finnish employees whose work involved international business travel ( n =868) and who answered two surveys with a one-year time lag. Findings – The results showed that international business travel in terms of the number of travel days per year, while not predicting sleep problems directly over time, did significantly increase WFC, which in turn increased sleep problems. Thus, WFC functioned as a mediator in the relationship between business travel and subsequent sleep problems. Practical implications – The results indicate that family-friendly HR policies and practices might help international business travelers (IBTs) reduce levels of WFC, which could in turn protect them from harmful health effects, particularly sleep problems. Originality/value – The study examines the understudied professional group of IBTs and contributes to the knowledge on their well-being and WFC issues.
Career Development International – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 4, 2014