Uncertain working ability? A new study on shift work
More and more people are doing shifts and night-time duties. Health-related workload is described in many studies of occupational medicine. In addition, the employee's daily routine is structured by a shift schedule, which has consequences for social and family life. On the other hand, companies are faced with the question of long-term sustainability of their shift workers and how to organize effective shifts with aging workforce. Labor exchange practice in various industries and accompanying challenges is a recent study by the Institute for Social Research and Social Economy (iso) in Saarbrücken, which is funded under the National Initiative for New Quality of Work.
Case studies from the steel and manufacturing industries, healthcare and energy production clearly show that shift work is not the same as shift work, and that the work history of shift workers develops differently. Some may remain healthy and happy to retire, others suffer from harm to health and quality of life. The typology of biography in shifts shows the factors that lead to successful residence or exit from the field work. Since job opportunities for health-related shifts reach its limits, companies seek long-term innovative ways to maintain work ability and motivation for shift workers.
Dr. Volker Hielscher
Dr. Elena Kreutzer
Dr. Ingrid Matthäi
Volker Hielscher, Elena Kreutzer, Ingrid Matthäi (2019): Changing the Pressure of Changing Work. Practical experience – challenges – conflicting goals. Sigma release in the publishing house Nomos, Baden Baden. ISBN 978-3-8487-5913-2