First Advisor

Charlotte Fritz

Term of Graduation

Fall 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology






Job stress, Employee motivation, Energy conservation, Work environment



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 65 pages)


Recent research has pointed to the benefits associated with the use of work-related energy management strategies for employee outcomes. Using the Conservation of Resources Theory and the Challenge and Hindrance Stressor Framework, the current study extends the energy management literature by examining day-level relationships between work-related energy management strategies (e.g., organizing, meaning-making, and prosocial strategies) and employee outcomes, namely, goal progress, work engagement, and relational energy respectively. Further, challenge and hindrance stressors are tested as day-level moderators of these relationships. Using experience sampling methods across 10 workdays, results showed that day-level organizing strategy use was related to higher goal progress whereas day-level prosocial strategy use was related to higher relational energy. Our findings also revealed four significant interaction effects, but only one was in line with our study hypotheses. Specifically, we found that challenge stressors moderated the positive relationship between day-level meaning-making strategy use and dedication, a facet of work engagement, such that this relationship was stronger under higher levels of challenge stressors. These findings provide support that certain work-related energy management strategies are associated with unique benefits for employees and suggest that it may be advantageous to use specific strategies under certain conditions.


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