Understanding the positive effects hobby jobs
Zipay, Katelyn Patricia
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When the office closes or shifts conclude, not all employees head home to relax and tend to domestic responsibilities. Some employees, after leaving their primary jobs, transition to work at another job. I introduce the concept of hobby jobbing—generating supplementary income from hobby activities—as an increasingly popular way employees spend their time outside of work. Given the unique settings, sights, and sounds associated with hobby activities, I theorize that hobby jobbing will bring forth self-focused memories and evoke feelings of nostalgia. Then, drawing from Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory, I build and test a model arguing that nostalgia evoked through hobby jobbing cultivates enduring resources, specifically self-awareness, vitality, and playfulness, that ultimately impact performance at employees’ primary jobs. I tested my predictions with a sample of hobby jobbers—including artists, athletes, writers, performers, and others—using a multi-time, multi-source design.