Nu even niet…! Of toch wel…? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235


Take a break…! Or better not…?

Take a break…! Or better not…?

A daily-survey study on detachment and creativity

Ellen Spoor, Jan de Jonge & Jan P.H. Hamers, Gedrag & Organisatie, volume 23, December 2010, nr. 4, pp. 296-315.

This study investigated the influence of job demands, job resources, and off-job detachment on creativity, by testing the principles of the Demand-Induced-Strain Compensation (DISC) model with an 8-days daily survey study. Detachment is defined as the extent to which one is able to detach oneself completely from one’s work (recovery experience). Results of multilevel analysis among 71 health care workers showed that, in case of high emotional job demands, not completely detaching oneself emotionally from the job after working hours is beneficial for creativity. In addition it appeared that a combination of high physical demands and low physical resources is conducive to creativity. Contrary to expectations, cognitive job demands, cognitive resources, and cognitive detachment did not have any influence of creativity. Finally, study implications for theory and practice were discussed.


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