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Title: Vitaliteit op het werk: de rol van werkgerelateerde strategieën en mindfulness als trait. Een onderzoek onder leerkrachten in het primair onderwijs.
Authors: Sader, S
Keywords: vitality
work strategies
Issue Date: 16-Jan-2016
Publisher: Open Universiteit Nederland
Abstract: Vitality at work: the role of work strategies and mindfulness as trait. A study among teachers in primary education. Human sustainability is an increasing challenge for organizations due to rapid changes. Careful management of human resources is of utmost importance, as employees are increasingly expected to keep themselves vital in a turbulent environment. The employee has the leading role in his or her individual vitality, for example by using their own work strategies to generate energy. Theoretically, this process of using work strategies and how this can contribute to vitality can be explained by the Self Determination Theory. In this study, working strategies of teachers are tested for their contribution to their vitality. In addition, the role of mindfulness as a 'trait' is examined, arguing that mindfulness may moderate the relation between the working strategies and vitality. A quantitative research was conducted among teachers and teaching assistants in primary schools in the Netherlands and in Belgium. The results of this research show that vitality significantly increases by work strategies used in the workplace. As expected, mindfulness as a trait has a significant positive contribution to vitality as well, but it does not further strengthen the relation between work strategies and vitality. The work strategies ‘learning’ and ‘offering help’, could be easily implemented within an organization without high costs, because employees use these strategies to gain vitality on their own initiative. The returns for both the employee and the organization is vitality, a positive form of energy. Also mindfulness as dispositional trait can create returns in the form of vitality. Further research may include different employee groups and measurements over time, to overcome the cross-sectional nature of the current study.
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