The balancing act between job demands and resources

Everyone of us acting as leaders, supervisors, experts or workers should understand and operationalize in our own daily lives the dynamics of the Job Demands and Resources model. This holistic approach takes into account both the organizational and individual aspects of everyday demands and resources at work. Applying this approach leads to increased work engagement, higher job satisfaction and improved well-being.

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High performing organizations have three times the positive energizers

Positive energizers are those who uplift and boost others. They enact positive energy as a behavioral mechanism and thus enforce the high performing organizations. There are three times the positive energizers in high performing organizations than in average performers. How can we build high performing organizations using positive practices such as respect, inspiration and forgiveness?

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We should focus on recovery to maximize well-being

How does after-work recovery and work characteristics affect well-being? In this article, I wanted to reflect my experiences with a study that examines recovery from work-related efforts and job demands and resources. How can we improve our well-being through better recovery experiences?

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Are you not feeling perfectly recovered?

We’re not always perfectly recovered and full of energy. Still, it is possible to enhance and enjoy better work engagement by applying self-management strategies. People are able to craft their jobs on the day-level with self-management strategies and compensate for low levels of personal resources.

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How to promote innovation at work?

Innovative people recognize problems, come up with solutions, and follow through with putting those ideas into practice. How can such highly valued behavior be promoted at work? A recent study identified key factors relating to innovativeness from a survey of nearly 13 000 employees in 27 EU states.

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