Effective HR implementation: the impact of supervisor support for policy use on employee perceptions and attitudes

Caroline Straub*, Claartje J. Vinkenburg, Marco van Kleef, Joeri Hofmans

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Abstract

Effective implementation of human resource (HR) policies appears to depend on supervisors’ active involvement in the intervention process. Following recommendations of a recent intervention evaluation framework, we examine how perceived supervisor support during the implementation of a work-life intervention helps to change participants’ perceptions of organizational family supportiveness, and how this ultimately changes participants’ engagement and turnover intentions. A three-wave longitudinal study in a professional services firm (N = 434) that has formally involved supervisors in the process of a work-life intervention showed support for our study hypotheses. Supervisor support for policy use influenced employees’ positive work–home culture perceptions, which in turn strengthened employees’ work engagement and diminished their turnover intentions over time. We discuss practical implications and give recommendations on the future design of HR interventions and related policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3115-3135
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume29
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • employee perceptions and attitudes
  • HR implementation
  • line manager
  • supervisor support for policy use
  • work-home reconciliation

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