Recovery helps to restore strain symptoms caused by job characteristics. On the one hand, job stressors and job resources might influence recovery directly, what affects employees’ levels of strain and wellbeing (recovery ~ link/mediator). On the other, recovery can moderate the relationship of job stressors and resources with strain and wellbeing (recovery ~ buffer/moderator). However, it is still an open question under which circumstances recovery serves which function.
Therefore, the central aim of this research project is to investigate the function of recovery for short-term, medium-term and long-term strains and well-being and for recovery on the job (i.e., rest breaks, change in demands) as well as off the job (i.e., after work). Knowledge about the function of recovery will allow for suitable recommendations on individual and organizational preventive measures. A mixed-method design will be used. The study will be focused on knowledge and service work.
Unit 3.5 "Mental Workload"