The importance of individual preferences when evaluating the associations between working hours and indicators of health and well-being.
2010 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 41, no 6, 779-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous studies indicate that the effect of a given shift schedule may depend on individual factors. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether a misfit between individual preferences and actual working hours affected the association between working hours and self-reported indicators of health and well-being. The study population consisted of 173 female eldercare workers who mainly worked day or evening shifts. We combined self-reported questionnaire data on preferences with actual work schedules during a four-week period. The study showed that a misfit between preferences on one hand and "non-day work", "weekend work" or "only a few consecutive days off" on the other hand was associated with an increased dissatisfaction with working hours and/or an increase in the intention to leave the workplace due to one's working hours.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 41, no 6, 779-86 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42166DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2010.01.004PubMedID: 20117761Local ID: P2818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42166DiVA: diva2:344224