Measures and Tools

Recovery Experience Questionnaire (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2007)

The Recovery Experience Questionnaire (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2007) aims at assessing recuperation experiences during off-job hours (free evenings, weekends, vacations). The questionnaire comprises four 4-item scales measuring psychological detachment from work, relaxation, mastery experiences, and control. The questionnaire has a good factor structure.

The Recovery Experience Questionnaire is available in several languages. 

German Version of the Recovery Experience Questionnaire


Sabine SonnentagCharlotte Fritz

Exemplary studies

Fritz, C., Sonnentag, S., Spector, P. E., & McInroe, J. (2010). The weekend matters: Relationships between stress recovery and affective experiences. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 1137-1162.

Sonnentag, S., Binnewies, C., & Mojza, E. J. (2008). “Did you have a nice evening?” A day-level study on recovery experiences, sleep, and affect. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 674–684.

English Version of the Recovery Experience Questionnaire

Items published in

Sonnentag, S., & Fritz, C. (2007). The recovery experience questionnaire: Development and validation of a measure assessing recuperation and unwinding at work. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12, 204–221. DOI: 10.1037/1076-8998.12.3.204


Spanish Version of the Recovery Experience Questionnaire

Items published in 

Sanz-Vergel, A. I., Sebastián, J., Rodrígez-Muñoz, A., Garrosa, E., Moreno-Jiménez, B., & Sonnentag, S. (2010). Adaptación del “Cuestionario de Experiencias de Recuperación” a una muestra espanola. Psicothema, 22, 990–996.


Exemplary study

Moreno-Jiménez, B., Rodríguez-Muñoz, A., Sanz-Vergel, A. I., & Garrosa, E. (2012). Elucidating the role of Recovery Experiences in the Job Demands-Resources Model. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 15, 659–669.


Organizational Health Behavior Climate (Sonnentag & Pundt, 2016)

This 24-item survey assesses organizational climate in two important domains of the individual health behavior, namely healthy eating an physical exercise. Within each domain, three dimensions can be distinguished: values and expectations, organizational practices, communication.

The survey instrument is available in English and German. Items are published in