MORE WORK-HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH UNSOCIAL WORK SCHEDULES IN INDUSTRIALIZED COMMUNITIES....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on July 4, 2006

 

 

WEEKEND WORK CAUSES
PERSONAL AND FAMILY
HEALTH PROBLEMS

In industrialized communities due to greed businesses tend to stay open on weekends to increase profit, use capital efficiently by not keeping it idle and provide extended hours of service for consumers, McMaster University in Canada reveals increased health problems with workers' health when work schedules conflicts with normal 9 to 5 weekday work schedule in a community. Highlites of this study:

  • Weekend work is an unsocial schedule that can be disruptive to personal life, affecting leisure time, time for pursuing personal interests, time spent with family and socializing with friends, neighbours and within the community.
     

  • Social health the ability to interact with friends and family is equally important to employees as is their physical and mental health.
     

  • Only 62 per cent of Canadians work from 9 to 5, Monday to


 

  • Friday, according to the study.
     

  • 51 per cent of workers in high-instability jobs said they had a high stress level, compared with only 38 per cent of those working standard hours.
     

  • 20 per cent of people with unstable schedules said they were in fair or poor health, compared with 16 per cent of people working regular hours.
     


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Everybody's working on the weekend
 


Canadian Globe and Mail:SCOTT DEVEAU:  June 14, 2006

As the 9-to-5 work schedule goes the way of the dodo in Canada, a new McMaster University study argues that employees have a lot more at stake than just their weekends.

As businesses increasingly rely on part-time, contract and seasonal labour, the number of Canadians working on the weekends increased to nearly 20 per cent in 1999 from 11 per cent in 1991. Only 62 per cent of Canadians work from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, according to the study.

Businesses tend to stay open on weekends to increase profit, use capital efficiently by not keeping it idle and provide extended hours of service for consumers, the McMaster study argues.

For the people who are doing the work or providing the service, however, the cost of this convenience can be increased stress, physical and mental health problems and ultimately decreased productivity at work.

 

"Weekend work is an unsocial schedule that can be disruptive to personal life, affecting leisure time, time for pursuing personal interests, time spent with family and socializing with friends, neighbours and within the community," said Professor Isik Zeytinoglu, lead author of the study. "The underlying theme of our paper is that healthy working time is an important component of workers' health."

Social health the ability to interact with friends and family is equally important to employees as is their physical and mental health, she said.


A recent Statistics Canada report appears to support these findings. Stress and poor health were more commonly associated with employees who had highly variable schedules or who were overworked.

According to the Statscan report, released in April, 51 per cent of workers in high-instability jobs said they had a high stress level, compared with only 38 per cent of those working standard hours. And 20 per cent of people with unstable schedules said they were in fair or poor health, compared with 16 per cent of people working regular hours.

The McMaster study, which uses Statistics Canada data, found that the majority of people working on weekends are part-time or seasonal workers, the bulk of whom are women. Prof. Zeytinoglu said the reason for women working more on the weekend is because they fill a larger segment of the part-time work force.

The figures used in the study are a conservative estimate, she said, because they account only for those who are regularly scheduled to work on the weekends. Prof. Zeytinoglu noted that it does not include people who may stop in occasionally on weekends or are available from home.

Canadians now work on average 33.3 hours a week.

"We have to find a healthy balance," Prof. Zeytinoglu said. "We have to have some type of work hours that it would be possible for workers to interact with their families, with their neighbours, with their friends and interact with the community."



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