Social Indicators Research

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 769–781 | Cite as

Examining the Relationship Between Workplace Support and Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction

  • Alexander Newman
  • Ingrid Nielsen
  • Russell SmythEmail author
  • Angus Hooke


This paper examines the influence of perceived organizational support and perceived supervisor support on employee life satisfaction. Structural equation modelling on data from 393 nurses from two Chinese hospitals revealed that job satisfaction fully mediated the relationship between perceived organizational support and life satisfaction. In contrast, perceived supervisor support had a direct influence on life satisfaction rather than a mediated influence through job satisfaction. Our findings highlight the importance of separating the locus of support constructs when examining the impact of support on job and life satisfaction, given that perceived support has different effects depending upon the transmitter of that support.


China Job satisfaction Life satisfaction Perceived organizational support Perceived supervisor support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Newman
    • 1
  • Ingrid Nielsen
    • 1
  • Russell Smyth
    • 2
    Email author
  • Angus Hooke
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management, Faculty of Business and EconomicsMonash UniversityEast CaulfieldAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and EconomicsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Nottingham University Business SchoolThe University of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboChina

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