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Questions about the causes or sources of work stress have been the subject of considerable research, as well as public fascination, for several decades. Earlier interest in this issue focused on the question of whether some jobs are simply more inherently stressful than others. Other questions that soon emerged asked whether some individuals were more prone to stress than others. The Handbook of Work Stress focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.   

Work Schedules
Work schedules

The mental and physical health of workers depends not only on what they do at work but also on when they work and for how long they work. This chapter will therefore describe some of the temporal characteristics of work and examine their impact on workers. Understanding the psychological effects of work schedules is important because an increasing number of people work on schedules that do not conform to the standard “9-to-5,” Monday to Friday workweek.

Although this chapter will consider various forms of work schedule, it will focus on two main topics: shift work and long work hours. These topics have been chosen because they appear to pose the greatest problems for organizations and workers, they have attracted the most research attention, ...

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