Improve your work by not working

Okay, so we’re not advocating slacking off. Our collective bosses likely wouldn’t approve. But for those fortunate enough to still have jobs, there is merit in considering how our pursuits outside of official work hours are affecting our careers.

The value of daily recovery

Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Arnold Bakker has researched many facets of work-related behaviour, including the interplay between work and non-work life.

“Research,” he says, “has shown that non-work activities and experiences may influence energy, work engagement and performance in several ways”.

“The most important impact is probably that of daily recovery activities and experiences during non-work time.”

But what exactly are these activities and experiences he speaks of? Which ones help the workday and, importantly, which ones don’t?

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