“Handle with care”: The mediating role of schedule i-deals in the relationship between supervisors' own caregiving responsibilities and employee outcomes

Mireia Las Heras, Beatrice I. J. M. Van der Heijden, Jeroen de Jong, Yasin Rofcanin

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Drawing on theories of perspective-taking and i-deals, this study explores the impact of supervisors' own caregiving responsibilities for elders and parental status on subordinates' schedule i-deals. Moreover, we investigate the extent to which schedule i-deals mediate the relationship between supervisors' caregiving responsibilities and two employee outcomes: satisfaction with work–family balance and turnover intentions. Using a sample of 520 dyads involving 137 supervisors and 520 employees, the results of multilevel analysis show that supervisors' caregiving responsibilities for elders is positively related to schedule i-deals, but their parental status is not. The findings also show that schedule i-deals mediate the effect of supervisors' caregiving responsibilities for elders on subordinates' satisfaction with work–family balance and turnover intentions. This research contributes to the i-deals' literature by focusing on the role of managers' own caregiving responsibilities in facilitating the provision of schedule i-deals to their subordinates and by exploring the consequences of schedule i-deals to gain an understanding of the mutually beneficial nature of such deals. From a practical point of view, supervisors and HR departments might utilise schedule i-deals to drive desirable employee outcomes, in particular their caregiving responsibilities, and to engender a family-supportive organisational culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-349
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2017



  • schedule i-deals
  • supervisors' caregiving responsibilities for elders
  • supervisors' parental status
  • turnover intentions
  • work–family balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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