Rodríguez Sánchez & Janne Skakon Purpose Self-determination theory suggests that individuals thrive when their basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness are satisfied. Empirical research shows that need satisfaction at work is indeed associated with better well-being. Work–home compensation theories would suggest that employees may compensate need thwarting at work by seeking to satisfy their needs at home. Building on this idea, we propose that daily need satisfaction at home (1) contributes to employees’ daily well-being at bedtime (positive and negative affect), and (2) buffers the detrimental effects of low need satisfaction at work on employees’ daily well-being. Design/Methodology A diary was completed by 93 respondents from UK, Germany, Belgium and Denmark twice a day (before finishing work and at bedtime) for five consecutive days (N = 432). Results Results of multilevel analyses showed that need satisfaction at home predicted increased positive affect and decreased negative affect at bedtime. Need satisfaction at home also moderated the relationship between need satisfaction at work and positive affect at bedtime. Need satisfaction at home compensated the effects of low need satisfaction at work on positive affect at bedtime. Limitations All data were collected through self-reports so single method bias is a risk. Research/Practical Implications Employees could try to satisfy their basic psychological needs at home to maintain their well-being; particularly when their jobs cannot be changed to satisfy their basic needs. Originality/Value We integrate research on self-determination theory and on the work–home interface by testing the work–home compensation hypothesis within a self-determination theory framework.
|Title of host publication||EAWOP Small Group Meeting: Studying work as it is: Capturing dynamics in workplace relationship|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||EAWOP Small Group meeting, “Capturing Dynamics in Workplace Relationships” - Brussels, Belgium|
Duration: 15 Oct 2015 → 17 Oct 2016
|Conference||EAWOP Small Group meeting, “Capturing Dynamics in Workplace Relationships”|
|Period||15/10/15 → 17/10/16|