The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between quality of work-life (QWL) and work-life balance (WLB).Design/methodology/approachUsing a structured survey instrument, this paper gathered data from 445 respondents in cosmopolitan city in southern part of India. First psychometric properties of the instrument were tested, and then hierarchical regression was used as a statistical technique for analyzing the data.FindingsThe hierarchical regression results indicated that QWL is (1) negatively related to job stress, (2) positively related to job satisfaction and (3) positively related to job commitment. The results also indicated that (1) job stress is negatively related to WLB, (2) job satisfaction is positively related to WLB and (3) job commitment is positively related to WLB. The results also show partial mediation of job stress, job satisfaction, and job commitment in the relationship between QWL and WLB.Research limitations/implicationsSince the present research is based on self-report measures, the limitations of social desirability bias and common method bias are inherent. However, sufficient care is taken to minimize these limitations. The research has implications for human resource managers in work organizations.Practical implicationsThis study contributes to both practicing managers and the literature on human resource management. The study suggests that employers need to be aware of the importance of quality of work-life and work-life balance in achieving organizational effectiveness.Social implicationsThe study is expected to contribute to the welfare of the society in terms of identifying the antecedents of work-life balance.Originality/valueThis study provides new insights about the effects of QWL on WLB through mediating variables. This is a conceptual model developed and tested and first of its kind in India.
Journal of Advances in Management Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 19, 2021
Keywords: Quality of work life; Work life balance; Job satisfaction; Job stress; Job commitment
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