Kontekstiks:

“Commuting to and from work is a central experience in the daily lives of many employees (Olsson et al., 2013). Historically, research on the commute has treated it as a necessary “cost” of work. This is because, for most workers, work and home traditionally occupy separate physical spaces.” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 2)

Kui on ebamugav, miks siis ometi?
“Yet, although a recent large-scale study found that longer commutes are associated with lower job satisfaction and leisure time satisfaction, it was not related to overall life satisfaction (Clark et al., 2020). This is likely because the negative aspects of the commute are often balanced by the better employment, income, or housing that is made possible by the longer commute (Lyons & Chatterjee, 2008) – highlighting the tradeoffs that employees must often weigh.” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 2)

Värske perspektiiv – “minu aeg”

“Despite growing interest and progress in examining the benefits of commuting in the literature, we argue that a key perspective regarding the potential value of commuting has largely been overlooked – the ability of the commute to provide valuable “me time” in the midst of people’s busy lives.” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 2) […] “For example, commuters can use this time for their own benefit, resting or engaging in social or solo activities (Salomon & Salomon, 1984).” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 3)

Artikli eesmärk:

“To this end, the purpose of our paper is to articulate a novel theoretical model and set a research agenda for the future study of “me time”, or time to oneself, during commutes. Specifically, we draw upon and integrate theories and research on commuting, leisure, recovery, and identity to address key questions surrounding use of commuting time for “me time”, including the who, what, when, where, and why of this phenomenon (i.e., who is mostly likely to engage in “me time” during the commute, what conditions facilitate and/or hinder “me time” during the commute, when “me time” during the commute is likely to occur, where “me time” during the commute is possible, and why “me time” during the commute has positive effects on one’s recovery).” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 3)

“Minu aeg” – tähendus siinses uuringus:
“Specifically, “me time” during one’s commute is a unique form of leisure-crafting (i.e., the proactive pursuit and engagement in leisure activities targeted at fulfilling personal needs, such as human connection or personal development; Petrou & Bakker, 2015). As such, we define “me time” during the commute as consisting of involvement in commute activities that the person is intrinsically motivated to engage in, which are not role requirements of their work or home roles, and that promote recovery via meeting personal needs.” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 3)

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

“We are hopeful that our model will serve as an impetus for research on this traditionally overlooked perspective by providing propositions related to who is mostly likely to engage in “me time” during the commute, what conditions facilitate and/or hinder “me time” during the commute, when “me time” during the commute is likely to occur, where “me time” during the commute is possible, and why “me time” during the commute has positive effects on one’s recovery, health, and well-being as well as work and home spheres.” (Pindek et al., 2022, p. 15)

Pindek, S., Shen, W., & Andel, S. (2022). Finally, some “me time”: A new theoretical perspective on the benefits of commuting. Organizational Psychology Review, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/20413866221133669