Need for recovery among male technical distal on-call workers

Hardy A. van de Ven*, Ute Bultmann, Michiel P. de Looze, Wendy Koolhaas, Thomas Kantermann, Sandra Brouwer, Jac J. L. van der Klink

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were to (1) examine whether need for recovery differs between workers (i) not on-call, (ii) on-call but not called and (iii) on-call and called, and (2) investigate the associations between age, health, work and social characteristics with need for recovery for the three scenarios (i-iii). Cross-sectional data of N=169 Dutch distal on-call workers were analysed with multivariate logistic regression. Need for recovery differed significantly between the three scenarios (i-iii), with lowest need for recovery for scenario (i) not on-call' and highest need for recovery for scenario (iii) on-call and called'. Poor mental health and high work-family interference were associated with higher need for recovery in all three scenarios (i-iii), whereas high work demands was only associated with being on-call (ii and iii). The results suggest that the mere possibility of being called affects the need for recovery, especially in workers reporting poor mental health, high-work demands and work-family interference. Practitioner summary: On-call work is a scarcely studied but demanding working time arrangement. We examined need for recovery and its associations with age, health, work and social characteristics among distal on-call workers. The results suggest that the mere possibility of being called can affect worker well-being and need for recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1927-1938
Number of pages12
JournalErgonomics
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2-Dec-2015

Keywords

  • work schedule tolerance
  • health
  • work-family interference
  • age
  • CHRONIC-FATIGUE-SYNDROME
  • WORKING POPULATION
  • SHIFT-WORKERS
  • HEALTH SURVEY
  • SLEEP
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • VALIDITY
  • RELIABILITY
  • STRESS
  • VALIDATION

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