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In the news ... Employees
who are engaged in their work have happier home life
Invigorated and dedicated employees carry over their
positive work experiences for a
happier home life.
Kansas State University psychology researchers studied how
positive work experiences extend into family life and
facilitate family interactions. They found that employees who
are engaged in their work, which includes higher levels of
vigor, more dedication and absorption in daily activities,
have better moods and more satisfaction at home.
The K-State research group included Clive Fullagar, professor
of psychology; Satoris Culbertson, assistant professor of
psychology; and Maura Mills, graduate student in psychology,
Manhattan. They presented the research
at the annual conference for Society for Industrial and
Organizational Psychology in New Orleans.
"Our research indicated that individuals who were engaged in
positive experiences at work and who shared those experiences
with significant others perceived themselves as better able to
deal with issues at home, became better companions and became
more effective overall in the home environment," Culbertson
Culbertson said stress at work and stress
at home interact in ways that affect outcomes
in both domains. The study results suggested that engagement
is significantly related to daily mood, and mood also is
positively correlated with
work-family facilitation. The researchers found that
both work engagement and work-to-family facilitation vary
considerably from day-to-day.
The researchers also found that daily work engagement had
a positive effect on family life after controlling for
- heavy or light work hours were not a factor.
Culbertson stressed that engagement refers to positive work
involvement rather than more negative forms of job involvement
like workaholism and work addiction, which differ in their
effects on home lives.
"Work addicts, or workaholics, have been shown to experience
higher levels of work-family conflict," Culbertson said. "On
the contrary, our study showed that higher levels of
engagement were related to higher levels of work-family
facilitation rather than conflict."
Culbertson said organizations could build on these findings
and intervene in the workplace. She said that it is important
for organizations to help employees
balance their work and personal lives. Prior research
has shown that people who report high levels of
work-family conflict tend to also report experiencing
lower job satisfaction, poorer health, lower job performance
and a greater likelihood of leaving the organization. Thus,
helping employees helps the organization, she said.
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