Resources buffering the day-specific relations between work-related self-control demands and employee well-being

Wladislaw Rivkin*, Klaus Helmut Schmidt

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the modern work environment self-control demands have been identified as a unique job stressor. In the present chapter we review research on self-control demands and present empirical evidence on interindvidual and intraindividual resources, which buffer the adverse impact of self-control demands on employees’ well-being. Our overview shows that different forms of self-control demands as stable work-related characteristics (impulse control, resisting distractions, overcoming inner resistances) contribute to significant portions of unique variance in the prediction of various measures of job strain and impaired well-being. Moreover, the relation of self-control demands to well-being is moderated by various personal and organizational resources such as self-controlcapacity, physical fitness, and job control. Moreover, recent research has demonstrated that self-control demands may also fluctauate from day to day and that high day-specific self-control demands also impair employees’ well-being. Finally, affective commitment, psychological detachment and flow experiences are presented as further resources, which buffer the adverse day-specific effects of self-control demands at work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Self-Control
Subtitle of host publicationNew Research
EditorsCarroll Saunders
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781634851503
ISBN (Print)9781634851206
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NamePsychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions


  • Burnout
  • Resources
  • Self-control demands
  • Strain
  • Stressor
  • Well-being


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