Sabine Sonnentag, Cornelia Niessen and Angela Neff

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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This chapter gives an overview of research on work-related recovery processes. Recovery can be conceptualized as a process that reverses the strain process and that restores well-being. The chapter focuses on the question of how recovery processes improve positive affective states, work engagement, and job performance. The chapter stresses that it may not only be important to gain distance from negative work experiences, but also to capitalize on positive work events and experiences.

Keywords: Recovery; restoration; positive affect; work engagement; job performance; proactive behavior; psychological detachment

Article.  11357 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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