RG Rigotti

Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Rigotti




Miriam Arnold, PhD student
Miriam Schilbach, PhD student

Research overview:
The workgroup "Resilience in the Working Context" investigates mechanisms of resilience in the life domain of employment. Our goal is to identify contextual, individual as well as process aspects that buffer the negative effects of work related stressors. Solid and rigorous empirical methods are employed to further our theoretical understanding of resilience. We focus on the role of social interactions (leadership, team-work, romantic relationships, families), the demands of boundaryless careers and flexible work. Diary studies allow us to capture relevant events when they occur; longitudinal designs will also be applied to answer questions of causality and to model processes in the short- as well as long-term.

Current research projects:

  • CARE – Creating Resilience in Educational Contexts
  • RiCH – From Threat to Challenge: Resilience in Coping with Daily Work-Related Hassles
  • Interaction of Education, Health and Employabililty
  • Cumulation of Workflow Interruptions
  • Recovery-Compass (Recovery of employees with and without children)

External collaboration partners:

  • Prof. Dr. Kathleen Otto, Philipps University Marburg, Marburg, Germany
  • Dr. Jeroen De Jong, Open University, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Gross, University Würzburg, Germany


  • Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • German Research Foundation
  • German Ministry of Education and Research
  • Ministry of Science of Rheinland Palatinate, Germany

Key publications:

  • Baethge A, Deci N, Dettmers J, Rigotti T (in press). "Some days won't end ever": Working faster and longer as a boundary condition for challenge versus hindrance effects of time pressure. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
  • Wirtz N, Rigotti T, Otto K, Loeb C (2017) What about the leader? Crossover of emotional exhaustion and work engagement from followers to leaders. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 22: 86-97.
  • Baethge A, Müller A, Rigotti T (2016) Nursing performance under high workload – A diary study on the moderating role of selection, optimization, and compensation strategies. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72: 545-557.
  • Baethge A, Rigotti T (2015). Three-way interactions among interruptions/ multitasking demands, occupational age, and alertness: A diary study. Work, Aging and Retirement 1: 393-410.
  • Rigotti T, Korek S, Otto K (2014) Gains and losses related to career transitions within organisations. Journal of Vocational Behavior 84: 177-178.