Workplace Flexibility and Daily Stress Processes in Hotel Employees and Their Children

David M. Almeida, Kelly D. Davis

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Abstract

This research aims to understand the consequences of inadequate workplace flexibility through the lens of daily stress processes. Using a sample of hourly paid hotel employees with children ages 10 to 18 who participated in a daily diary study, the authors compared workers with low and high flexibility on stressor exposure, reactivity, and transmission. The findings showed a consistent pattern of hourly workers with low flexibility having greater exposure to work stressors in general and to workplace arguments in particular. Workers with low flexibility were also more emotionally and physically reactive to work stressors. There was some evidence of stressor transmission to children when parents had low flexibility. Increasing workplace flexibility could serve as a protective factor in exposure and reactivity to stressors experienced in daily life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume638
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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