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Balance and Recovery


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP Visibility Committee Release Two New White Papers

SIOP’s Visibility committee recently released two new white papers. The following white papers are now available on the white paper page on the SIOP website:

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: The Benefits of Taking Time to Recover from Work Demands,” by Charlotte Fritz and Allison M. Ellis, Portland State University

“Are you binge working?” was the title of a recent NBC News article describing recent cases in which people reported working as many as 3 days straight without any breaks, and in some cases literally dying as a result. Although cases like these are extreme, they point to a growing trend in today’s workplace—one that suggests employees are working longer hours, coping with increasing work demands, and readily adopting technology that tethers them to their work 24/7. Coupled with a working culture that equates face time and being “always on” with high job commitment, we’re left—perhaps not surprisingly—with a workforce that is overworked, sick, and less likely performing at a high level. In the face of these challenges, how can organizations maintain a healthy, engaged, and productive workforce? Drawing from research on employee recovery from work demands, the answer to this question may lie in incorporating strategies that allow employees to regularly recharge their batteries during time away from work.

Work–Life Balance,” written by Alison A. Rife, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Rosalie J. Hall, Durham University.

In the modern era of technology and convenience, organizations have begun to provide their employees with helpful ways to balance their work and nonwork roles through benefits like flexible work hours, telecommuting, and so on. However, offering these benefits is not enough; the organization and management must stand behind its promotion of healthy work–life balance for employees by creating a culture as such and designing policies that support this initiative. Otherwise, employees feel pressure to continuously work, which can be perpetuated by mobile devices and constant accessibility of the Internet that allows employees to transport a workstation wherever they go. Results indicate that in general many people report experiencing poor work–life balance but not for lack of wanting it; therefore, employers and employees alike should consider what is most important for achieving this healthy balance. Implications and next steps for practitioners are discussed.

New Translation!

SIOP also recently released a Romanian translation of the webinar What We Know About Youth Employment: Research Summary and Best Practices, which was translated by the Asociatia de Psihologie Industriala si Organizationala (APIIO)!

To read these and all of the SIOP white papers, visit the white paper page here!