by Mahira L. Ganster, Allison S. Gabriel, Christopher C. Rosen, Lauren S. Simon, Marcus M. Butts, and Wendy R. Boswell
Past research has confirmed that negative interactions at work hurt employees’ well-being and productivity, but the time spent at work is only one part of an employee’s day. The authors’ recent research affirms that conflicts at home also negatively affect our energy and emotions throughout the workday and also shows that many employees react to their bad home experiences in a surprising way: by offering help to their colleagues. This research points to ways that employees can cope with negative experiences that spill over to work — and also how managers can support their employees who may be dealing with home stress at work.
It’s well established that negative interactions at work hurt employees’ well-being and productivity: Research has shown the draining effects of incivility at work, and the emotional reactions we have to feeling mistreated by others. However, the time spent at work is only one part of an employee’s day.