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Well Recovered and More Creative? A Longitudinal Study on the Relationship Between Vacation and Creativity

  • The aim of this study was to investigate employees’ self-reported creativity before and after vacation and to examine the impact of recovery experiences (detachment, relaxation, mastery, meaning, autonomy, affiliation) on changes in creativity. The DRAMMA model of Newman et al. provides the theoretical background of our approach. Longitudinal data was assessed with four repeated measurements. The study encompassed data from 274 white-collar workers. Analyses showed that employees subjectively perceive their creativity to benefit not immediately after their vacation but 2 weeks later. Detachment was significantly related to lower creativity within persons, while mastery experiences explained differences in creativity between persons. This study provides a detailed picture of changes in creativity around vacations.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Christine J. Syrek, Jessica De Bloom, Dirk Lehr
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in Psychology
Article Number:784844
Number of pages:12
First Page:1
Last Page:12
Publisher:Frontiers Media SA
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2021/12/23
Copyright:Copyright © 2021 Syrek, de Bloom and Lehr. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Funding:This study was supported by the Academy of Finland (grant number: 308718). The data were collected as part of a larger data collection funded by the German health insurance company Barmer GEK.
Keyword:DRAMMA; Detachment; Vacation; changes in creativity; holiday; longitudinal; mastery; recovery
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Entry in this database:2022/01/06
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International