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Supervisors segmenting work and home are family-friendly role models

Franziska Baumeler

Supervisors are perceived as family-friendly role models when not working in their leisure time. According to a German study, this family-friendly role modeling leads employees to better segment their own work and home roles. Employees of these supervisors are also better able to recover from work at home. Supervisors should be aware that they are perceived as role models not only at work but also for how they manage their work and family roles. 

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology


Role models motivate for greater achievement

Domingo Valero

Having role models motivates for greater achievement, according to a Canadian study. This only works, however, if the role model stands for a goal that can be attained and that is relevant to one's own work. Otherwise, a role model can even have negative consequences on a person's self-view. People should thus rather take the well-seasoned, competent older colleague with a similar job description as a career role model instead of the topshot new recruit from a different division.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology