Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Workaholism and daily recovery: A day reconstruction study of leisure activities

an article by Arnold B. Bakker and Wido Oerlemans (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Evangelia Demerouti (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Sabine Sonnentag (University of Mannheim, Germany) published in Journal of Organizational Behavior Volume 34 Issue 1 (January 2013)


This study among 85 individuals used a day reconstruction approach to examine whether workaholism moderates the relationship between daily activities during non-work time and daily well-being in the evening (evening happiness, momentary vigour before bedtime, and momentary recovery before bedtime).

Specifically, it was hypothesised that daily work-related activities during the evening have a stronger negative relationship with daily well-being for employees high (versus low) in workaholism and that daily physical and social activities have a stronger positive relationship with well-being for employees high (versus low) in workaholism.

The results of multilevel analyses largely supported the hypotheses for daily physical and work-related activities but not for social activities during non-work time.

These findings imply that organisations should not encourage their employees and particularly those who score high on workaholism to work during non-work time and instead promote physical exercise.

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