Th-SYM-2444-3 - Mind Management: A Self-Regulatory Perspective On Boundaries Between Work And Non-Work

Work-family conflict
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Mind management: A self-regulatory perspective on boundaries between work and non-work
S. Tement 1,*, B. Kubicek 2 3
1Department of Psychology, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Maribor, Slovenia, 2Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, and Economy, University of Vienna, Vienna, 3Faculty of Informatics, Communications and Media, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
Boundaries are often used to describe the limits of location, timing, behaviors, and thoughts, which are created to simplify and order our life domains. Previous research explored why employees integrate life domains, whether integration is detrimental and what relationships are moderated by it. Person-oriented approaches have also empirically confirmed boundary management types with distinct characteristics. Nevertheless, the motivation behind integration and segmentation of life domains is largely unknown.
New Perspectives/Contributions
The present theoretical contribution introduces a variable-oriented framework of work/non-work boundary management to explain how tasks in one domain are translated into goals which can be subsequently attained by allocating resources in the other life domain. In contrast to existing research and theoretical frameworks, the model explicitly distinguishes between external conditions and internal processes, intentional and unintentional goal regulation as well as functional and biased processing when maintaining and ignoring boundaries. The presentation also focuses on a person-oriented framework based on characteristics of work tasks as well their cognitive processing.
Research/Practical Implications
By combining self-regulation theories with instances of cognitive-behavioral theory, the theoretical presentation provides a clear distinction between forms of boundaries and a set of proposition which can be tested in future variable- and person-oriented studies. It may also provide precise directions for intervention approaches and organizational support policies.
The novel work/non-work boundary management framework provides a deeper understanding why and how work/non-work boundaries are ignored and what consequences can be expected of resulting integrated life domains.


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