"Take a break?!" : off-job recovery, job demands, and job resources as predictors of health, active learning, and creativity

J. Jonge, de, E.M.B. Spoor, S. Sonnentag, C. Dormann, M. Tooren, van den

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the moderating effect of matching job resources as well as matching off-job recovery (i.e., detachment from work) on the relation between corresponding job demands and psychological outcomes. Using the Demand-Induced Strain Compensation (DISC) Model as a theoretical framework, we conducted a cross-sectional survey study with 399 employees from three Dutch organizations. Results showed that (1) cognitive demands, resources, and lack of detachment are predictors of cognitive outcomes (i.e., active learning and creativity), (2) emotional demands and lack of detachment are predictors of emotional outcomes (i.e., emotional exhaustion), and (3) physical demands, lack of detachment, and lack of resources are predictors of physical outcomes (i.e., physical health complaints). Specifically, cognitive detachment from work might have negative effects on learning and creativity, whereas emotional and physical detachment from work might have positive effects on employees' health, and even on creativity. In conclusion, in order to cope with specific job demands, employees need corresponding job resources and detachment from work to balance health and performance-related outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-348
Number of pages29
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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