Employees distressing with the help of daily activities outside of the work environment affect both their job performance and their perceptions on things.

Psychologist Kevin Eschleman, PhD of San Francisco State University completed a study with the help of his team on the effects on these activities.

They chose 341 employees and asked them to answer some questions dealing with different activities that would affect their skills and collaboration with other employees. The questions also dealt with creativity and the amount of control they had over leisure time. All of these employees worked in different professions, half were women and the average age was 37.

They chose a different group of people which were 92 US Air Force captains, which ¾ of them were men and the average age was 31 years old.

They concluded that those who had control over activities outside of work chose specific ones that helped them detach from work stress. These activities helped improve creative problem solving and allowed for better relationships with colleagues.

“One of the main concerns is that you don’t want to have someone feel like their organization is controlling them, especially when it comes to creative activities,” he said.

One of the solutions they came up with is that some jobs can allow certain activities to be introduced into the work environment. For example, you are allowed to decorate your office.

Even the smallest things can help employees distress and provide better opportunity for improvement in the work field.