Better Work for a Better Weekend: Relationships Between Job Performance, Positive Affect, and Pleasurable Weekend Experiences
Portions of this research were supported by the Grant # T03OH008435 awarded to Portland State University, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Occupational Health Science
Weekends provide many employees with opportunities to unwind from work demands and replenish resources, thereby fostering well-being and enhancing performance capacity. Despite some organizations’ efforts to facilitate employee unwinding during weekends, the choice and responsibility over weekend experiences lies with employees themselves. The current study draws on the success resource model of job stress and work-family enrichment theory to explore links between employee job performance, positive affect, and pleasurable weekend experiences. A time-lagged mediation model in which self-reported task performance and proactive performance during the workweek were associated with weekend positive affect and pleasurable weekend experiences via positive affect during the workweek was hypothesized. Results from 229 preschool teachers indicated support for the proposed mediation model. Task performance and proactive performance were significantly directly associated with pleasurable weekend experiences, although not significantly associated with weekend positive affect. Task performance and proactive performance were both significantly positively associated with weekend positive affect and pleasurable weekend experiences via positive affect during the workweek. Thus, creating opportunities for employees to experience achievement during the workweek and reflect on work accomplishments at the end of the workweek may facilitate positive affect and pleasurable experiences during the weekend.
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Demsky, C. A., Fritz, C., & Ellis, A. M. (2021). Better Work for a Better Weekend: Relationships between Job Performance, Positive Affect, and Pleasurable Weekend Experiences. Occupational Health Science, 5(1-2), 129–140. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-021-00088-3