September 07, 2017

 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

Workday Activities as Constraints and Opportunities for Replenishing Energy: Meetings in Relation to Micro Breaks

Talk description:
With heightened demands in today’s workplaces, it has become increasingly challenging for individuals to maintain their energy during a workday in order to sustain work performance and personal well-being. Although prior research suggests that short engagement in nonwork activities (e.g., undertaking relaxing activities using breaks) is helpful for workday recovery, opportunities to engage in nonwork activities are typically limited at work. Thus, it is important to explore ways in which some work activities themselves may serve to replenish and enhance workday energy, despite the demands they create. In this research, I examine ways in which meetings, as an important type of workday episodes that comprise work activities, may constrain or enable energy enhancement, particularly in relation to micro breaks. I present preliminary findings from an experience sampling study I conducted with knowledge workers in three technology companies.

Chen Zhang is a fifth-year PhD student in Management & Organizations at the Ross School of Business. In her research, Chen investigates issues related to workplace energy and well-being, examining workday experiences, work and non-work activities, and contextual factors that shape individuals’ energy and well-being at work, as well as the downstream implications for work performance and organizationally relevant outcomes. Through her research, Chen hopes to shed light on how people can still achieve well-being while striving to be productive and effective at work, as well as what challenges they face in doing so.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

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