Research by Julia Lee in Boston.com
February 9, 2016
A working paper co-authored by CPO Post-Doctoral Fellow Julia Lee was featured in a recent Boston.com post entitled, “How to use your morning commute to be a happy successful worker.”
The article summarizes the team’s research on “How Goal-Directed Prospection Can Offset the Strain of Commuting.” In other words: can thinking about the tasks a person has to do during the day make them a more productive employee? Lee’s study says yes. As the Boston.com article explains, employees “reported lower levels of emotional exhaustion and higher levels of job satisfaction related to long commutes” if they focused on specific goals for their days instead of listening to music or daydreaming
Lee presented some of these findings during her November 2015 Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Incubator session.