Dept. Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
Human Performance Management Group
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Evangelia Demerouti is a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Her research interests include topics from the field of well-being and performance, including positive organisational behaviour, the Job Demands – Resources model, job crafting and work-family interface. She is associate editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and has published over 200 articles and book chapters.
The Work-life Interface: A Contemporary Perspective
Our modern way of working and living has changed our experience and understanding of the work-life interface. Nowadays, technology enables people to be constantly occupied with work or leisure activities through their smartphone, creating challenges for recovery activities and experiences. Individuals are triggered to engage in and proactively arrange for themselves worthwhile and meaningful activities that may promote their sense of flourishing, but simultaneously they need to be goal-oriented and perform adequately in different life domains, including work and personal life. Therefore, the work-life interface seems to evolve into a work-life integration process, in which characteristics of and performance in work, family, and personal lives are closely related. In this presentation, I will give an overview of recent research highlighting the link between the work-life interface on the hand and issues like recovery, proactivity, performance, personal time, and technology use on the other hand. The main message is that we need to see work and other life domains more in relation to each other, rather than separated. Moreover, I will show that individuals are proactive agents who strive for meaningful experiences, well-being, and goal achievement in all life domains and that they do this by using key strategies and resources.