Do you have a boss who keeps on getting at you for no apparent reason? Are you getting dumped under piles and piles of paperwork that don’t seem to run out? Do you have workmates who just keep on getting under your skin? Or a client who gives gibberish instructions and unending demands?
I get it, we all need a break
A lot of stress and frustrations come from work. And sometimes, a bad day at the office can spill over into your home. “Research shows employees who are mistreated at work are likely to engage in similar behaviors at home,” says Professor Shannon Taylor of the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Management. “…Our study shows that happens because they’re too tired to regulate their behavior,” he adds.
The said study found that undermining experienced from supervisors can increase subjective (i.e., self-reported) sleep difficulties, increasing the frequency with which individuals engaged in the same behavior at home. Moreover, workers who walk 10,900 steps each day were less likely to engage in such behavior than those recording fewer than 7,000. On top of that, burning an additional 587 calories can be helpful too.
These findings show that sleep and exercise can be valuable intervention points that can prevent the spread of this harmful behavior. “I also think the study gives us a new perspective on the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for your spouse, too,” says Prof. Taylor.
So there you have it, stress from work can actually be left at work by sleeping well and moving your body a little bit more. Now you can stop venting out these frustrations to everybody outside of work and have a better work-life balance. A pro-tip from science!
Larissa K. Barber, Shannon G. Taylor, James P. Burton, Sarah F. Bailey. A Self-Regulatory Perspective of Work-to-Home Undermining Spillover/Crossover: Examining the Roles of Sleep and Exercise.
. Journal of Applied Psychology
, 2017; DOI: 10.1037/apl0000196