How Your Hobbies Impact Your Work Performance

Posted on May 17, 2014

Your after hours activities don't just keep you sane, they also boost your on-the-job performance, says a new study.

Hopefully, you don't need an extra reason to enjoy your hobbies, but if you happen to be one of the many professionals who are struggling to keep their constant busyness from encroaching on their favorite activities, a new study might give you a motivation boost to keep up with your pastime of choice.

The research out of San Francisco State University looked at how creative activities like knitting, cooking, painting, photography, gardening or what-have-you affect work performance. In a two-part study the team of psychologists asked 341 professionals about their pastimes and also asked them to rate both their level of creativity at work and the level to which they support their colleagues. Another group of 92 Air Force Captain also gave information about their afterhours pursuits and had their evaluations of job performance examined.

"We found that in general, the more you engage in creative activities, the better you'll do," said the study's lead author Kevin Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State.

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