Always on, never done? How the mind recovers after a stressful workday?

Johannes Wendsche, Jessica de Bloom, Christine Syrek, Tim Vahle-Hinz

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Abstract

Many workers experience their jobs as effortful or even stressful, which can result in strain. Although recovery from work would be an adaptive strategy to prevent the adverse effects of work-related strain, many workers face problems finding enough time to rest and to mentally disconnect from work during nonwork time. What goes on in workers’ minds after a stressful workday? What is it about their jobs that makes them think about their work? This special issue aims to bridge the gap between research on recovery processes mainly examined in Occupational Health Psychology, and research on work stress and working hours, often investigated in the field of Human Resource Management. We first summarize conceptual and theoretical streams from both fields of research. In the following, we discuss the contributions of the five special issue papers and conclude with key messages and directions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGerman Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Detachment
  • human resource management
  • problem-solving pondering
  • recovery
  • rumination
  • work reflection

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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