Symposium 353 - Work-Nonwork Processes: Understanding Resources And Demands And Taking A Dynamic Approach

Track:
Work-family balance
What:
Symposium
When:
Friday May 19   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Where:
Icon Theatre
Discussion:
0
  Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Fr-SYM-353-2
Work-Nonwork Processes: Understanding Resources and Demands and Taking a Dynamic Approach
E. L. Paddock 1, D. Unger 2,*
1ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2 University of East Anglia
 
Main Abstract Content:  
State of the Art: Much work-family research focuses on spillover occurring between domains. Resources and demands play an important, albeit understudied role in the process by which spillover occurs over time.  
New Perspectives/Contributions: Included papers weave together three developing avenues of inquiry: the function of resources and demands across work and nonwork domains; the recognition of commuting as an important demand; and the relevance of time for employees’ work-and-nonwork roles. First, Walter and Haun explore how, within couples, partners’ reflection of positive work experiences impacts their well-being; couples sharing a work industry or organization moderates this effect. Second, Gombert, Rivkin, and Schmidt discuss a diary study focused on how demands impact ego depletion, need for recovery, and psychological detachment. The third (Unger, Albrecht, & Böttcher) and fourth (Conway, Clinton, & Hewett) papers move from the broader context of resources and demands to focus on related processes in a context experienced by many and understudied: commuting. Fifth, Paddock looks at how the planning fallacy (i.e., biased thinking about the resource of time) impacts people’s work-family experiences. Sixth, Allen and French present a structured review of time in the work-family literature, exploring how time as a resource is used by individuals as well as how individuals think about time and whether this impacts people’s role experiences.
Research/Practical Implications: Research-wise, papers extend the three areas of inquiry. Practically, papers suggest employees more carefully consider their own time expenditures or related cognitions and that policy makers should constructively address depleting time expenditures (e.g., commuting).
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