Crafting Well-Being: Employees Can Enhance Their Own Well-Being by Savoring, Reflecting upon, and Capitalizing on Positive Work Experiences

Remus Ilies, Joyce E. Bono, Arnold B. Bakker

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Abstract

We review theory and research on how work events and experiences in- fluence employee well-being, with a particular focus on the day-to-day effects of positive events and experiences. Then we discuss how employ- ees can amplify the beneficial effects of work on well-being by savoring and reflecting upon positive events and experiences from work, and by capitalizing on them via interpersonal means, such as sharing work events and experiences with others. We integrate theory and research on sa- voring and interpersonal capitalization within affective events theory and the broader job demands-resources (JD-R) theory-and we explain how these approach-oriented agentic strategies that employees can easily use to derive additional psychological benefits from work experiences can extend JD-R theory. Specif- ically, we discuss how using these strategies can build additional resources, fulfill employees’ basic psychological needs, and make their jobs more meaningful, thereby enhancing well-being at the day-to-day level and in the long term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-91
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • affective events theory
  • capitalization
  • crafting
  • JD-R theory
  • positive work reflection
  • savoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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