• Dr Stacey L Parker

How do you cope with the daily grind?

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

It is important to understand how we work and how we unwind.

What’s your strategy for coping with the daily grind? Is it a chat over the water cooler, a lunchtime stroll, or a dip into the snack jar at 3pm?

What about after work, how do you relax or unwind? Is it a trip to the gym, a social call, a relaxing TV streaming session, or even a gaming session? Or do you perhaps find that work creeps into your leisure time?

And finally, are these strategies worth your time? Do these strategies help or hinder your ability to stay focused and motivated at work? Do they leave you feeling invigorated or relaxed or, do they leave you feeling flat?

We're seeking workers in AEST zones for a study to help answer these questions and more! Managing the daily grind seems even more important in the wake of COVID-19, which is fundamentally changing how we work. Our research aims to enhance the quality of work breaks and recovery after working, whether you're back at work or working from home.

What is involved?

The study involves a baseline survey and one day of experience sampling. Experience sampling is a novel research method, where we ask about your moment-to-moment experiences. The study can be done on your mobile, so it's pretty easy to take part.

Afterward, you will receive personalised feedback and research-based tips on how to feel more energised. There is also the opportunity to win one of three $200 gift vouchers. Most importantly, you'd be contributing to science on work and recovery!

This is how the study works:

Who can participate?

Participants must be over the age of 18, employed in one job (part-time, full-time, or casual) and working a relatively standard 9am-5pm workday (or similar hours), with the ability to complete brief surveys during work and leisure. Due to the timing of the surveys, participants must be in an AEST zone.

Feedback from one of our participants:

I really enjoyed participating! I found the actual process of the study was super insightful for me in itself and made me really excited to see the results. All of the tech worked well and it was a really nice experience overall.

Want to know more?

This is a collaboration with my masters students Anne-Marie Van Duin, Nick Campbell, and colleagues including Andrew Neal, Sabine Sonnentag, and Nerina Jimmieson.

Please reach out via recoveryexperience@uq.edu.au if you have any questions.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

More info & study sign-up: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/recovery/

UQ Media: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/node/126927

#work #wellbeing #motivation #energy #worklifebalance #dailygrind #research #participation #volunteering

Data collection for this project has now closed, thank you for your interest.

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