Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Impact on Work-Home Interference in a South African Commuter Transport Engineering Company

Keywords: Leadership, leader-member exchange, work –home conflict, work –home enrichment, work pressure, meaningfulness

Abstract

The South African workplace is confronted with many leadership challenges, specifically those relating to the employment relationship between subordinates and their supervisors. A high-quality relationship is essential, considering the work-family spillovers employees experience. Limited research has been conducted on the potential positive and negative consequences of the leader-member exchange (LMX) dyadic relationship. In this study, we used a cross-sectional research design, and drew an employee sample (N = 120) from a commuter transport engineering company. A five-point Likert scale was employed and statistical analyses were carried out using the SAS statistical program. We calculated Pearson correlation coefficients and used structural equation modelling to test the proposed conceptual model to indicate possible correlations between the different variables. The main finding of the study was that the nature of the LMX relationship quality in the relevant company appeared to be high and positively related to work-home enrichment but negatively related to work-home conflict and role overload. The article concludes by making a number of suggestions to respond to challenges.

Author Biographies

Jan Christoff Visagie, North-West University

School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management

Michael M. Jones, North-West University

School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management

Herman L. Linde, North-West University

School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management

Published
2019-10-15
Section
Articles