ABSTRACT

This edited collection brings together some of the leading researchers in the study of the daily experience of work and daily well-being. The book covers both theoretical and methodological issues involved in studying workers’ well-being as it evolves on a daily basis.

Interest in the topic of daily fluctuations in worker well-being has grown rapidly over the past ten years. This is partly because of advances in research and statistical methods, but also because researchers have found that the psychological processes that influence well-being play out from moment to moment, and from day to day. Topics covered in this book include:

  • The theoretical basis of studying work as a series of daily episodes
  • Assessment of different components of daily well-being
  • Factors involved in the regulation of well-being at work
  • Qualitative and quantitative diary experience sampling and event reconstruction methods
  • Latent growth curve modelling of diary data

The final chapter of the book includes a preview of how daily methods may evolve in the future.

Intended as a guide for researchers with good knowledge of field research methods, the book will be particularly useful to researchers of work-related phenomena who seek to expand their knowledge of dynamic methods in field contexts, and those who want to start using these methods. It will also be of interest to students of work psychology and organisational behaviour, and related disciplines.

chapter 1|7 pages

A Day in the Life of a Happy Worker: Introduction

ByARNOLD B . BAKKER AND KEVIN DANIELS

chapter 2|17 pages

The Episodic Structure of Life at Work

ByDANIEL J . BEAL AND HOWARD M . WEISS

chapter 3|16 pages

State Work Engagement: The Significance of Within-Person Fluctuations

ByDESPOINA XANTHOPOULOU AND ARNOLD B . BAKKER

chapter 4|17 pages

Work-Related Flow

ByCLIVE FULLAGAR AND E . KEVIN KELLOWAY

chapter 5|14 pages

Job Characteristics and Problem-Solving

ByKEVIN DANIELS

chapter 6|13 pages

The Application of Diary Methods to Examine Workers’ Daily Recovery During Off-Job Time

ByCARMEN BINNEWIES, SABINE SONNENTAG

chapter 7|15 pages

Experience-Sampling and Event-Sampling Research

ByNIKOLAOS DIMOTAKIS, REMUS ILIES

chapter 10|18 pages

Using Qualitative Diary Research to Understand Emotion at Work

Byat Work KATHRYN WADDINGTON

chapter 11|20 pages

Research Agenda

ByPETER TOTTERDELL, DAVID HOLMAN, KAREN NIVEN