Committee Chair

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.; O'Leary, Brian J.

Committee Member

Biderman, Michael D.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Regular work days place a strain on employees, depleting precious resources which must be recovered. Recovery results from either passive or active activities. Little research has examined the effect of positive and negative experiences at work and their impact on recovery. The present study investigated how positive or negative experiences at work impact one’s choice of recovery strategy outside of work. I hypothesized that positive experiences at work are positively correlated with a person’s likelihood of engaging in active recovery due to gained resources, and vice versa. The sample for this study consisted of full-time employees with a regular working schedule. The results showed that regardless of experiences, employees chose active recovery over passive. Although the hypotheses weren’t statistically significant, the findings from this study contribute to the developing literature on occupational stress and recovery, probing questions about how and why employees choose certain forms of recovery over others.

Acknowledgments

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of the people involved in helping me through this process. I could not have completed this process without the support of my family and friends, particularly my parents. I would also like to sincerely thank Dr. Chris Cunningham for the amount of effort and exertion that he has put into this project. Finally, I would like to thank my committee for supporting my endeavors.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2016

Subject

Stress management; Work-life balance; Work -- Psychological aspects

Keyword

Recovery, Workload, Positive, Emotions

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

vii, 44 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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