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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 1-22

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Flow at Work: Evidence for an Upward Spiral of Personal and Organizational Resources*

  • Marisa SalanovaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Jaume I University Email author 
  • , Arnold B. Bakker
  • , Susana Llorens

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Abstract

The present 2-wave study among 258 secondary school teachers investigates the relationship between personal and organizational resources on the one hand, and work-related flow on the other hand. On the basis of Hobfoll’s (1988) conservation of resources theory, Bandura’ social cognitive theory (1997; 2001), and Fredrickson’s (1998) “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotions, we formulated two hypotheses: (1) personal resources (i.e., self-efficacy beliefs) and organizational resources (including social support climate and clear goals) facilitate work-related flow (work absorption, work enjoyment, and intrinsic work motivation); and (2) work-related flow has a positive influence on personal and organizational resources. The results of a series of structural equation modeling analyses offer clear support for both hypotheses. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords

flow organizational resources personal resources positive psychology teachers