Category: overtime

Starbucks employees in Seattle have advocated for predictable, secure scheduling

The Wellness Industry Snoozes Thru the Predictable Scheduling and Clopening Debate

For a group that purports to be committed to wellbeing and helping employees get a good night’s sleep, the wellness industry sure is quiet about the issue of “clopening.” Wellness experts harp on the importance of sleep, and vendors hawk sleep-tracking devices, apps, and programs. But nary a word is spoken about the job conditions  necessary to assure workers have the opportunity to get the sleep they need. It’s hard to get eight hours of sleep if you’re only home for five or six hours between your evening shift and your morning shift. And that’s where “clopening” comes in. The term commonly applies to schedules in...

Occupational stress affects signals from the amygdala to the prefrontal cortex

Job Stress Is In Your Head. Literally.

Or… Half of What I Know About Employee Health I Learned from Concussion Concussion is a movie about employee health as much as it’s about anything. In the movie, the National Football League goes to great lengths to cover up the harm it allows to be inflicted on its players. The league is motivated by fear of liability and its unquenchable thirst for ever-increasing revenue. Medical examiner Bennett Omalu, MD, a trained neuropathologist played in the movie by Will Smith, determines that several ex-players who died of unnatural causes suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy — CTE. The disease is characterized by long-term damage to specific sections of the brain, where tau proteins surround and...

Exhausted worker

Long Hours Grind Away at Employee Wellbeing

Of all the job conditions known to undermine the wellbeing of employees, few have been as well studied as long work hours and overtime. While we still need convincing evidence that reducing work hours may improve health, the body of knowledge about how work hours erode worker health should persuade employers that this is an area with considerably more potential for health improvement compared to conventional approaches like screenings and lifestyle interventions. A review of data from the Whitehall II study (which I described in my previous post about effort and reward balance) found that risk of heart disease, including fatal heart attacks, increased as the...

Job strain

Job Strain May Be Making You Ill

Job strain is a particularly insidious form of stress that goes far beyond overflowing inboxes or tight deadlines. It is characterized primarily by organizational environments and job structure in which employees have high levels of demands placed on them and limited control over those demands (that is, low “decisional latitude”). This is the demand-control model that was originally described and measured by Robert Karasek. Other organizational and job-related factors that contribute to unhealthy job-related stress are effort-rewards imbalances, long work hours (sometimes including long commutes), job insecurity, and lack of social support on the job. Some researchers have categorized all...