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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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PRATA, Joana  e  SILVA, Isabel Soares. Shiftwork effects on health and on social and organizational life: a study in the electronics industry. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.2, pp. 141-154. ISSN 1984-6657.

The study took place in a manufacturing company located in Portugal with the primary goal of understanding the effects of shiftwork, in each shift. Specifically, the shifts were compared in order to understand the implications of shiftwork for health, for family and social life, and for general satisfaction with working hours (shift). Data were collected by a survey of 490 workers, spread across fixed shifts - morning, afternoon, and night - and rotating shifts. The results indicate that workers on the night shift, compared with those on other work schedules, have more sleep complaints. Regarding the implications for social and family life, the afternoon shift workers are the ones who report greater interference. Satisfaction with the work schedule also differs between shifts, with the rotating shift workers being the least satisfied and expressing the greatest desire to change to working a standard schedule if wage conditions were maintained. The study concludes with a reference to possibilities for intervention that can be used by organizations to manage workers' adaptation to different work schedules.

Palavras-chave : Shiftwork; Working Conditions; Working Hours; Occupational Health.

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