The relation between off-job recovery and job resources : person-level differences and day-level dynamics

I.M.W. Niks, J.M.P. Gevers, J. de Jonge, I.L.D. Houtman

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Abstract

It is well-known that recovery from work and job resources can counteract negative effects of high job demands, but less is known about how off-job recovery and job resources are related to each other. In this two-level daily diary study, 67 employees filled out daily surveys over the course of 8 days to examine this issue. Consistent with our expectations, multilevel analyses revealed that previous day’s detachment from work is positively related to the state of being recovered before going to work, and that the state of being recovered is positively related to one’s level of job resources. Moreover, the results indicated that both person-level differences and day-level dynamics play a role in these relations. Our study highlights the importance of recovering from work in the sense that it does not only help individuals by repairing negative strain effects but can also function as a catalyst in the activation of job resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-238
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • off-job recovery
  • job resources
  • detachment from work
  • self-regulation
  • daily diary study

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