Work–Leisure Blending: An Integrative Conceptual Review and Framework to Guide Future Research
Journal of Applied Psychology, 2021
21 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Last revised: 2 Aug 2021
Date Written: June 7, 2021
Since the industrial revolution, work and leisure have largely been considered opposing domains. A growing number of organizations, however, enable and/or promote blending leisure activities into the workplace. Similarly, several conceptualizations across different disciplines examine how work and leisure can coexist. These different conceptualizations have yielded a rich but fragmented theoretical account of work–leisure blending. To address this problem, we provide a comprehensive theoretical integration of multiple literature streams where research has explored work–leisure blending. Further, we develop a tripartite dimensional framework designed to elucidate the central dimensions of work–leisure blending (i.e., segmentation–integration, unstructured–structured, and independent–interactive) undergirding this phenomenon. Using this framework as a theoretical foundation, we then discuss important contextual considerations and future research directions related to work–leisure blending.
Keywords: work–leisure blending, organizational play, gamification, workplace fun, work breaks
JEL Classification: M00
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