Working Overtime Hours: Relations with fatigue, work motivation, and the quality of work
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SourceJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 46, 12, (2004), pp. 1282-1289
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SW OZ BSI AO
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
SubjectWork, Health and Performance
Objectives - We sought to better understand the relationship between overtime and mental fatigue by taking into account work motivation and the quality of overtime work and studying theoretically derived subgroups. Methods - We conducted a survey-study among a representative sample of the Dutch full-time workforce (n = 1807). The prevalence of overtime work and the associations between overtime and job demands, job variety, decision latitude, fatigue, and work motivation was studied through descriptive statistics. We used MANCOVA (covariates: age, gender, salary level) to compare six overtime-fatigue subgroups with respect to work motivation and job characteristics. Results - A total of 67% of the respondents worked overtime (mean, 3.5 hours). Overtime workers appeared to be nonfatigued, motivated workers with favorable work characteristics. MANCOVA revealed no significant overtime-fatigue interaction. Conclusions - Moderate overtime is common among Dutch workers, who seem to be happy workers with attractive jobs rather than fatigued employees.
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