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

  • 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.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Johannes Wendsche, Jessica De Bloom, Christine Syrek, Tim Vahle-Hinz
Parent Title (English):German Journal of Human Resource Management: Zeitschrift für Personalforschung
Number of pages:2
First Page:117
Last Page:151
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2021/03/24
Copyright:© The Author(s) 2021. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Funding Information:The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Johannes Wendsche was supported by a grant from the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health during the preparation of this special issue (project F 2431 “Recovery within and beyond the context of work—effects and design approaches in a changing world of work”). Jessica de Bloom was supported by the Academy of Finland (grant: 308718).
Keyword:Detachment; human resource management; problem-solving pondering; recovery; rumination; work reflection
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 65 Management, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit / 650 Management und unterstützende Tätigkeiten
Entry in this database:2021/03/26
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International