Title

Occupational interactional requirements and work-home enrichment

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

8-2016

Abstract

We examine how occupational interactional requirements influence work-home enrichment. We identify two manifestations of work-home enrichment: through objective indicators of how employees allocate their time at home, and through perceptual reflections of employees on their work-home enrichment. We conceptualize occupational interactional requirements as restorative properties of jobs that provide employees with resources that they transfer to the home domain. In terms of objective indicators, our results indicate that employees transfer these resources by spending more time in resource depleting activities of caring for household members, and less time in resource replenishing activities of socializing and relaxing. This suggests that occupational interactional requirements facilitate reallocating time in the home domain. In terms of perceptual reflections, we observe that occupational interactional requirements spark employees’ vitality, which enriches their life at home. Our results attest to considering workplace interactions as resource replenishing features of jobs that provide benefits across work and life boundaries.

Keywords

time allocation, vitality, work-home enrichment

Discipline

Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management Conference Meeting 2016, August 5-9

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2016.243

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2016.243