Diary Methods for Examining Work and Personal Life over Time


M. Gloria González-Morales, Associate Professor and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab (OHPP LAB), Unviersity of Guelph

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Description of Project:

The objective of the research was to examine the relations between work life and personal life over time in order to understand how change and time shape the dynamic interplay among the roles in our daily lives (worker, caregiver, friend, etc.) We proposed diary methods as a much-needed methodology for examining these relations and overcoming the limitations of previous research. Diary methods involve data collection on a regular basis (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly diaries).

We studied questions like: Does negative mood at work increase over time? How does positive mood at home affect this trajectory? After a day of work in which positive events have happened (reported just before leaving work), are participants' moods at home (reported just before going to bed) higher? Does this relationship hold for people that are not work-centered? In sum, we captured the relation between work and life roles in a process context instead of the static picture we have been depicting with previous single-survey research.

Papers and Presentations Supporting this Project:

González-Morales, M.G. (July, 2018)  The theory of resource mobilization: investing resources in organizational life. Keynote for International Seminar and Conference on Learning Organization (ISCLO) (July 2018, Bandung, Indonesia).

González-Morales, M.G. (2017). The Role of Burnout and Engagement in Weekly Work–personal Life Enrichment. The 12th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

González-Morales, M. Gloria, Sasso*, T., Pogrebtsova*, E., & Barrios*, P. (2015). Perceived Organizational Support conceptualization within the Job Demands-Resources Model.   SIOP Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.