Perceived organizational support and work engagement of employees with children with disabilities. By: Stefanidis, Abraham; Strogilos, Vasilis. Personnel Review. 2021, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p186-206. 21p.

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to investigate the role of organizational support, as it is evidenced by supervisor’s support and coworkers’ support, in the work engagement levels of employees who are parents of children with special needs and disabilities (SND).

Design/methodology/approach: The authors employed a self-administered survey questionnaire in Singapore and collected 224 useable responses. They used moderated hierarchical regression analysis to assess the relationships among organizational support, employees’ child disability severity and levels of work engagement.

Findings: The research results indicated that higher levels of supervisor’s and coworkers’ support have a positive impact on work engagement levels of employees with children with SND. In addition, the authors observed that supervisor’s support and coworkers’ support moderate the relationship between employee’s child’s disability severity and work engagement levels.

Research limitations/implications: The results contribute to the introduction of a discussion about supportive practices directed toward this diverse group of employees in Singapore. The research findings are country-specific.

Practical implications: The authors propose that human resource management practitioners could craft policies that may trigger tangible and emotional support by supervisors and coworkers of employees with children with disabilities, depending on employees’ children’s disability severity.

Originality/value: This research is the first empirical examination that measures the work engagement levels of employed parents of children with SND in Singapore, considering both organizational and family dimensions.