An Examination of the Relationships Between Work Commitment and Nonwork Domains

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The goal of this research was to examine the relationship between work commitment forms (e.g., organizational commitment, occupational commitment, job involvement, Protestant work ethic, work involvement) and nonwork domains. Nurses from two hospitals in Western Canada were surveyed. A total of 238 usable questionnaires were returned: a response rate of 47%. The findings showed that nonwork domains affect all work commitment forms examined in this study, especially organizational commitment. It was also found that variables representing nonwork domains affect work commitment forms in different ways. For some commitment forms, such as organizational commitment, there is a strong effect of one variable (e.g., organizational support of nonwork) while for other commitment forms, such as job involvement, there is a complex three-way interaction effect. The main conclusion of this study is that the relationship between work commitment and nonwork domains should receive further attention in future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-263
Number of pages25
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995


  • nonwork domains
  • work commitment
  • work/nonwork relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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