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How do individuals 'switch-off' from work during leisure? A qualitative description of the unwinding process in high and low ruminators

Cropley, M and Millward, LJ (2009) How do individuals 'switch-off' from work during leisure? A qualitative description of the unwinding process in high and low ruminators Leisure Studies, 28 (3). 333 - 347. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

There is growing interest in how workers recover and unwind from work during leisure, as poor unwinding has been associated with negative health. This research explores the recovery process to gain a greater understanding of how individuals switch‐off from work‐related thoughts post work. Specifically, we conducted interviews with workers who habitually find it difficult to switch‐off from work (i.e. high ruminators), and workers who find it easy to switch‐off from work (i.e. low ruminators). Three master themes were elicited using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: (1) work philosophy, (2) coping strategies and (3) coping outcomes. The findings revealed differences in core beliefs about work; high ruminators perceive blurred boundaries between work and home life, and they allowed work to mentally predominate during their leisure time, whereas low ruminators viewed their work and leisure as two distinct spheres, and actively developed strategies to switch‐off and disengage from work. Both high and low ruminators acknowledged the health benefits of unwinding post work, yet only low ruminators managed to successfully do so. It was concluded that there is a need for organisations to educate their employees, particularly high ruminators, about the importance of strategic unwinding post work to optimise the quality of leisure time and prevent them from becoming fatigued and burnt out.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Cropley M, Millward LJ (2009). How do individuals 'switch-off' from work during leisure? A qualitative description of the unwinding process in high and low ruminators. Leisure Studies 28(3):333-347. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rlst20/28/3
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 15:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/590061

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