Work-Home Interface: Understanding the Dynamics Using Three Theoretical Perspectives

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


This thesis comprises three studies that investigate the dynamics between leisure, work, and home using various theoretical perspectives (i.e., resource perspective, work-life enrichment theory, self-determination theory). The first study focuses on the concept of playfulness, in particular, study 1 examines how playful work design will lead to playful leisure design and finally affect the individual’s health-related outcomes. The second study focuses on how spousal work-family balance support will affect the partner’s creativity at work via two types of job crafting (i.e., cognitive job crafting and relational job crafting). The second study also investigates the moderating role of phubbing behaviour at home and happiness at home. The third study explores how playful work design can promote playful family design at home by reducing job boredom. This study also examines the moderating role of playful personality and compassionate love.
All three studies adopted the quantitative research method. Study 1 and Study 2 adopted the experience sampling method (ESM); hence, daily diary data were collected from 65 dual-earner couples over a period of 15 working days. Both study 1 and Study 2 draw on the multilevel Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM). The third study also adopted experience sampling method (ESM). Multi-source data were collected from various countries (i.e., Spain, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, El Salvador, Bolivia, Panamá, and México). In total, 792 full-time employees filled out the questionnaires over 10 consecutive working days. This thesis makes a unique and important contribution to the literature on proactivity, job design, and playfulness within the work-home boundary.
Date of Award27 Mar 2024
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorYasin Rofcanin (Supervisor) & Zeynep Yalabik (Supervisor)

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