Daily Self-Compassion during work: A daily diary study

Igic, Ivana; Krieger, Tobias; grosse Holtforth, Martin; Elfering, Achim (19 May 2017). Daily Self-Compassion during work: A daily diary study (Unpublished). In: EAWOP (European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology) 2017 - "Enabling Change Through Work and Organizational Psychology". Dublin, Ireland. 17.05.–20.05.2017.

Purpose: Self-compassion (self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness) the ability to treat oneself kindly when things go badly, has been shown to be beneficial for well-being and mental health. This study aims 1) to adapt the self-compassion scale for daily assessment, 2) to examine the potential benefits of state self-compassion beyond state self-esteem in relation to daily exhaustion from work, vigor and productivity, and 3) to test if daily self-compassion mediates the relationship between daily work stressors (task-related and social stressors) and explored outcomes.
Design/Methodology: An online diary study over 3 days on 30 employees was assessed. Multilevel-analyses with M-plus was performed, with days nested in people.
Results: Across working days there was substantial intra-individual variation in self-compassion. Self-compassion was negatively related to daily exhaustion and positively related to daily vigor and productivity. Associations remained, when state self-esteem was controlled. Self-compassion has not been confirmed as a mediator between daily task-related and social stressors and outcomes.
Limitations: The sample size is small. A larger replication study is needed.
Research/Practical Implications: The self-compassion scale was successfully adapted to daily assessment. Results confirmed unique positive effects of daily self-compassion on daily work related health, motivation and productivity.
Originality/Value: To our knowledge, the study is among the first to analyze the benefits of state self-compassion in a working environment on a daily level.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

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Igic, Ivana (A), Krieger, Tobias, Grosse Holtforth, Martin, Elfering, Achim


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Ivana Igic

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2018 15:38

Last Modified:

29 Mar 2023 23:35



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