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Scand J Work Environ Health 2014;40(3):287-294    pdf full text

doi:10.5271/sjweh.3392

Individual and work-related predictors of work outcomes related to sustainable employment among male shift and day workers

by van de Ven HA, Klein Hesselink J, Bültmann U, de Boer MR, de Looze MP, van der Klink JJL, Brouwer S

Objectives The aim of this study was to examine which individual and work-related characteristics predict work outcomes related to sustainable employment among male shift and day workers.

Methods Between 1 September 2005 and 31 December 2009, data on individual and work-related characteristics of N=5640 employees of Tata Steel in the Netherlands were retrieved from the Occupational Health Service and company registers. Work outcomes related to sustainable employment were (i) temporarily being placed in less strenuous work, (ii) sickness absence ≥6 weeks, and (iii) leaving the organization. Cox proportional hazard analyses were performed for all outcome measures.

Results Similar predictors were found for shift and day workers although some differences were observed. For shift workers, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease were important predictors for sickness absence. For day workers, insomnia was an important predictor of sickness absence ≥6 weeks.

Conclusions Similar predictors in magnitude and direction were found for work outcomes related to sustainable employment among shift and day workers. Interventions aimed at enhancing sustainable employability should focus on individual and work-related characteristics.

This article refers to the following texts of the Journal: 1999;25(2):85-99  2006;32(3):204-208  2009;35(3):163-179  2010;36(2):96-108
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