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Document ID (ISN)108402
CIS number 08-982
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Beckers D.G.J., van der Linden D., Smulders P.G.W., Kompier M.A.J., Taris T.W., Geurts S.E.A.
Title Voluntary or involuntary? Control over overtime and rewards for overtime in relation to fatigue and work satisfaction
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2008, Vol.22, No.1, p.33-50. Illus. 47 ref.
Abstract This study aimed to examine whether the relationship between overtime and well-being is influenced by the voluntary vs. involuntary (i.e. compulsory) nature of overtime work and by the presence or absence of rewards for overtime. It also explored the prevalence of these types of overtime and how they were related to work and personal characteristics. A survey was conducted among a representative sample of 1612 full-time employees in the Netherlands. Variance analysis was used to compare rewarded and unrewarded, voluntary and involuntary overtime workers on personal and work characteristics, fatigue and work satisfaction. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that control over overtime and rewards for overtime are important for well-being. Moderate overtime work may not be a problem if it is done voluntarily. Moreover, the negative effects of compulsory overtime work may be partly offset by fair compensation.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; psychology of work organization; workers' participation; work time schedules; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) Netherlands; statistical evaluation; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Workers' participation
Hours of work
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors