Managing work-generated emotions at home: An exploration of the "Bright Side" of emotion regulation. By: Alam, Mahbubul; Ezzedeen, Souha R.; Latham, Soosan D. Human Resource Management Review. Dec2019, Vol. 29 Issue 4, pN.PAG-N.PAG. 1p.

This conceptual paper applies the construct of emotion regulation to the work-family interface in order to further expand our understanding of the positive aspects of emotional labor. Contrary to the predominant view that emotional labor is stressful and produces primarily harmful outcomes, we propose that emotion regulation in work-to-home transitions reduces an individual’s work-family conflict, enhances job satisfaction, and improves their spouse’s family satisfaction. Indeed, work stress can cause employees to remain preoccupied with work-related thoughts and negative moods when moving from work to family settings. We argue that social display rules positively influence an individual’s engagement in emotion regulation to meet family role demands. Drawing on current research on role boundaries, emotion regulation, emotional labor, and work-family conflict, we offer testable propositions to encourage future research on the beneficial aspects of emotion regulation in research on work and family. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in closing.

• Job stress causes negative mood and makes employees’ cognitively preoccupied while at home.

• Family role demands influence individuals to regulate emotion at home.

• Regulation of work-generated emotion at home reduces work-to-family conflict and improves spousal family satisfaction.