Research Summary

The Subjective Experience of Work

by Teresa M. Amabile


In a related research stream, I study how individuals experience work day by day, what influences that subjective experience, and what the consequences are for performance. This builds on the work-diary research that culminated in my book, The Progress Principle. My current work in this stream examines the experience of downtime (idle time) at work and its performance consequences. A paper reporting this series of experiments, with HBS doctoral student Andrew Brodsky, is currently under review for publication.