1st Edition

Work, Vacation and Well-being Who's afraid to take a break?

By Dalia Etzion Copyright 2019
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    Based on a twenty-year research study, Work, Vacation and Well-being delves into the ubiquitous yet often-underestimated issues surrounding vacation and respite. Providing an original outlook on how breaks from work can be beneficial for the well-being of employees, this book also addresses the potential negative impacts of vacation.

    Taking into account factors concerning the nature of the break and the person taking it, Etzion delves into the benefits and drawbacks of workplace breaks, from annual leave to maternity leave and sabbaticals. Work, Vacation and Well-being looks at breaks from work through various social and cultural lenses, to present a balanced and well-researched perspective on all angles of taking a break.

    Perfect for students of Organizational and Health Psychology, Work, Vacation and Well-being also widely appeals to those studying Social Policy, Management Studies, Occupational Health and Research Methods.


    How it all began

    How I came to study vacation

    About this book


    1. Theoretical Background of Respite

    The problem

    The resolution

    How do we find what works?

    This book

    2. Characteristics of the Break



    The respite experience

    Degree of detachment

    Degree of change

    Special respite cases

    3. Personal Characteristics


    Personality types


    4. Policies and Norms: Organizational and Environmental Conditions

    Annual leave


    Cultural and social settings of leave and leisure

    5. Outcomes

    Post-respite psychological well-being

    Post-respite physiological well-being


    Fade-out of the respite effect

    6. Discussion and Conclusions

    Respite Research

    Recovery and coping

    Social and organizational support

    How to rest

    Call for the future

    Appendix 1: Meta-Analytic Study of Respite and Fade-out Effects





    Appendix 2: Annotated Bibliography

    Appendix 3: Respite Questionnaires



    Dalia Etzion is an Emerita Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and has held visiting-scholar appointments at various US universities, including MIT, UCLA and UC Berkeley. She is a certified Industrial/Organisational Psychologist and holds membership with SIOP, APA, STAR and the Academy of Management. Her current job interests include: job stress and burnout; crossover of strain between life-partners; and the impact of vacation and respite on well-being.