Lunch breaks unpacked: Examining the effect of daily lunch break activities and control over break activities on fatigue

John P. Trougakos, Ivona Hideg, Bonnie Hayden Cheng

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Abstract

Integrating Ego Depletion (Muraven & Baumeister, 2000) and Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), we employed a multi-source experience sampling methodology to test the effects of a critical boundary condition, personal control over break activity choices, on the relation between lunch break activities and end of workday fatigue. We found relaxing lunch activities were associated with lower levels of co-worker rated fatigue, work-related activities were associated with higher fatigue, and contrary to previous predictions social activities were also associated with higher fatigue. Moreover, control moderated the effects of break activities on end of workday fatigue, demonstrating the depleting effects of not having personal control over the use of oneï¿1/2s personal time. Contributions to theory and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM 2011
PublisherAcademy of Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201116 Aug 2011

Conference

Conference71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period12/08/1116/08/11

Keywords

  • Control
  • Lunch break
  • Work recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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