Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy at work ... and happy at home

People who are more engaged in their work are more likely to have happy home lives as well. Researchers from Kansas State University studied 67 extension agents (people who advise farmers) over a fortnight. They filled out two surveys every day; one at the end of their working day and one just before going to bed. They found that people who engaged in their work more - showing higher levels of vigour, more dedication and absorption in daily activities - had better moods and more satisfaction at home. People's engagement at work was found to vary surprisingly from day to day and the positive effects of engagement did not seem to be influenced by how many hours people worked. The researchers pointed out that there was a difference between positive engagement at work and being a workaholic.

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