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
How do we find what works?
2. Characteristics of the Break
The respite experience
Degree of detachment
Degree of change
Special respite cases
3. Personal Characteristics
4. Policies and Norms: Organizational and Environmental Conditions
Cultural and social settings of leave and leisure
Post-respite psychological well-being
Post-respite physiological well-being
Fade-out of the respite effect
6. Discussion and Conclusions
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.