Article first published online: 11 AUG 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 468–487, May 2012
How to Cite
Niessen, C., Sonnentag, S. and Sach, F. (2012), Thriving at work—A diary study. J. Organiz. Behav., 33: 468–487. doi: 10.1002/job.763
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 13 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 15 AUG 2010
The present diary study examines how employees thrive at work in response to resources (i.e., positive meaning, relational resources, and knowledge). Thriving is conceptualized as the joint experience of vitality and learning. A total of 121 employees working in the social services sector responded to three daily surveys (in the morning, at lunchtime, and at the end of the work day) for a period of five work days. Intra-individual analyses (hierarchical linear modeling) revealed that on days when employees experience positive meaning at work in the morning, they feel more vital at the end of the work day and have a higher sense of learning. Work behaviors such as task focus and exploration mediated the relation between positive meaning and both components of thriving. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.