Doing good at work feels good at home, but not right away: When and why perceived prosocial impact predicts positive affect

Sonnentag, Sabine ; Grant, Adam M.

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Personnel Psychology
Volume: 65
Issue number: 3
Page range: 495-530
Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ [u.a.]
Publishing house: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0031-5826 , 1744-6570
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Arbeits- u. Organisationspsychologie (Sonnentag 2010-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: When and why does the experience of helping others at work spill over into positive affect at home? This paper presents a within-person exam- ination of the association between perceived prosocial impact at work and positive affect at home, as well as the psychological mechanisms that mediate this relationship. Sixty-eight firefighters and rescue workers completed electronic diaries twice a day over the course of 1 working week. Random-coefficient modeling showed that perceived prosocial impact predicted positive affect at bedtime. This relationship was medi- ated by perceived competence at the end of the working day and positive work reflection during after-work hours but not by positive affect at the end of the working day. The findings demonstrate that the experience of helping others at work has delayed emotional benefits at home that appear to be channeled through the cognitive mechanisms of perceived competence and reflection rather than through an immediate affective boost.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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