What is the relationship between hobbies and work?

 

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Anthony Haynes

Anthony Haynes writes: How hobbies and work are related is a question that must occur frequently to employers and employees alike. There must be some relationship, you’d think.

According to Matthew Warren, a recent study from Sheffield University found that “when participants spent longer than normal doing their leisure activity, their belief in their ability to perform their job increased. But this was only the case when they had a serious hobby that was dissimilar to their job, or when their hobby was similar to their work but they only did it casually. When their hobby was both serious and similar to their job, then spending more time on it actually had a detrimental effect, decreasing their self-efficacy.”

The study is reported in the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest here. and the full paper is published by the Journal of Vocational Behaviour here

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