Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Happier Home Life

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Happier Home Life

Article excerpt

A Kansas State University (K-State) study shows that invigorated and dedicated employees carry over their positive work experiences for a happier home life.

K-State psychology researchers studied how positive work experiences extend into family life and facilitate family interactions. They found that employees who are engaged in their work have better moods and more satisfaction at home.

The K-State research group included Clive Fullagar, professor of psychology; Satoris Culbertson, assistant professor of psychology; and Maura Mills, graduate student in psychology. They presented the research at the annual conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in New Orleans.

"Our research indicated that individuals who were engaged in positive experiences at work and who shared those experiences with significant others perceived themselves as better able to deal with issues at home, became better companions, and became more effective overall in the home environment," Culbertson says.

The researchers tracked 67 extension agents for two weeks to determine the relationship between daily work engagement and work-to-family facilitation. The participants responded to two daily surveys, one at the end of their workday and the other immediately before going to bed. They completed a separate survey prior to the start of the two-week period and another after the daily data collection had ended. …

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