This past summer, I was privileged to attend the American Psychological Associations’ annual Convention in Chicago.
I presented my research paper at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology poster session. Attendees were eager to share how the work environment impacted their home life. While they largely shared the negative impact that work had on their homes, all were intrigued to learn how much a healthy work environment can have a positive impact the home.
After the engaging conversation, I enjoyed some fresh air, walking along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.
The initial literature research was based on peer-reviewed scholarship published by the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and others. The research highlighted scholarship relating to Work-to-Family Interference (WFI) and Work-to-Family Enhancement (WFE), specifically focusing on the positive impact that the workplace can have on homelife.
The most recent empirical research I shared was based on a research project I conducted with the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, as its leadership was searching for ways to integrate its commitment to both economic development and community development. Initiating the conversation as to how business and residential communities might become more intentional in their symbiotic reciprocity, I conducted the work-to-family study as a collaboration between the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Vanguard University.
Some of the findings from the research revealed that 84% of the respondents reported that having a good day at work (a) improved their spirits at home and (b) allowed them to be more optimistic with their family. The results (N=79) indicated correlations between intrinsic motivation and (a) energy (r = .384, p < .01), (b) engagement (r = .464, p < .01), and (c) positive work-to-family spillover (r = .401, p < .01).