Navigation Links
Volunteering Can Bring Rewards Even in the Workplace
Date:2/16/2010

Giving your time may fulfill needs not met in your regular job, German research shows

TUESDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Volunteer work offers mental health benefits and may even help you perform better in your paying job, the results of a German study show.

The study included 105 people who worked an average of five days a week and who spent an average of 6.7 hours per week volunteering in activities ranging from fire departments to church groups.

For two weeks, the participants completed two daily questionnaires, one after work and the other before going to bed. They detailed how much time they'd spent volunteering and recorded their feelings on need satisfaction, psychological detachment from work, learning experiences, and well-being at work.

There was a positive relationship between the amount of time spent volunteering and the participants' need satisfaction, psychological detachment from work and their learning experiences, the researchers found. In addition, improvements in active listening at work the following day were noted among those who reported more need satisfaction and psychological detachment from work.

"The positive relationships we discovered in this study supports the thinking that even demanding and stressful leisure-time experiences such as volunteering for fire and rescue services can have positive psychological effects and even bring benefits in the workplace," Dr. Eva J. Mojza, of the University of Konstanz, said in a news release. "Volunteering can bring many positive experiences, such as the satisfaction of needs that aren't met through work -- mastering new skills and relating to people socially, and it also helps people to thoroughly disengage from their work."

The study was published online Feb. 15 in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

More information

The Nemours Foundation outlines the family benefits of volunteering.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, news release, Feb. 15, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Travel, Faith, Volunteering & Good Health Converge
2. Economy Doesnt Dampen Colorados Giving Spirit According to Statewide Giving and Volunteering Study
3. January 2009 Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource Highlights Stroke Symptoms, Personal Health Records and Volunteering
4. First Lady Michelle Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver Kick Off 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service with Playground Service Project
5. Volunteering May Keep Elderly Stronger
6. Naked Juice Brings Consumers Happiness by the Billions With First 100% Juice Smoothie Containing Probiotics
7. Vitamin Relief Brings Needed Nutrition to School District Resurrecting After Katrina
8. Activate America(R) Brings Together YMCAs Nationwide to Promote Small Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle During America on the Move Week With the YMCA, September 22-29, 2007
9. PSI Brings its Pioneering Efforts to a Close
10. Responsible Family Company Aims to Bring Responsibility to the Forefront of Every Caregivers Mind
11. Serta Brings Sweet Dreams and a Special Delivery to Deserving Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... this installment is bolstered by inspiring human interest stories, courtesy of leaders in ... trends and tech within the industry, from leading advocates and associations—namely Jones & ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports ... Yellen and company to wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according ... Robinson College of Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare ... suppliers for its inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, ... operational health of America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... The Woodlands at John Knox Village , Florida’s first Life Plan ... and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. The Woodlands at John Knox Village is ... Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... solutions for drugs, biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced ... to support the company’s continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016  Joe Marziani has joined VMS BioMarketing as senior ... executive officer, today. In his new role, Marziani will lead the company,s business development ... professionals to improve outcomes. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160523/371089 ... ... ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... KONG , May 24, 2016 ... stent de doble terapia del mundo, introduce catéteres ... arteriovenosa. OrbusNeich, una compañía global especializada ... las vidas, ha expandido su cartera incluyendo productos ... balón JADE™ y Scoreflex™ PTA son los dispositivos ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Open Access Journal Focusing on ... Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical ... launch of Clinical Neurophysiology Practice ... clinical practice issues in clinical neurophysiology. The journal will ... and didactic reviews. It is an official journal of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: