A1 Journal article (refereed)
Daily moods, health routines and recovery among employees working in the retail and services sector : A diary study (2023)

Punna, M., Sihvonen, S., Aunola, K., & Rönkä, A. (2023). Daily moods, health routines and recovery among employees working in the retail and services sector : A diary study. International Journal of Social Welfare, 32(3), 278-290. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12564

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Punna, Mari; Sihvonen, Sanna; Aunola, Kaisa; Rönkä, Anna

Journal or series: International Journal of Social Welfare

ISSN: 1369-6866

eISSN: 1468-2397

Publication year: 2023

Publication date: 01/11/2022

Volume: 32

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 278-290

Publisher: Wiley

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12564

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/83899

Additional information: Special Issue: Challenges for Family and Child well‐being in the New Era


This study examined the quality and fluctuation of daily moods as well as health routines and means of recovery from work strain among employees (n = 38) working nonstandard, often unpredictable schedules in the retail and services sector in Finland. Data were collected via a background questionnaire and a one-week mobile diary. The results indicated that the daily moods of employees were relatively positive but varied greatly from day to day. Hectic working days, unpredictable changes in work schedules, and compounded responsibilities at home and work were reported as causes of daily strain stemming from work. In contrast, more sleep and exercise were positively associated with daily mood and, therefore, are likely to enhance recovery from work related strain. Additional activities employees reported as useful in recovering from work strain included low-effort leisure activities along with social activities with family and friends, as well as mastery experiences stemming from successful work experiences.

Keywords: atypical work; work burden; physical strain; psychological strain; mood; recovery (return); health behaviour; habits; sleep; exercise (people); trade sector; service sector

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

JUFO rating: 2

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