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

ISBN 9781848722316
Published November 22, 2019 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.