|Document ID (ISN)||77699|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1430-0400 - Computer Fachwissen für Betriebs- und Personalräte
|Convention or series no.
||Stress and strain in the call centre
||Belastung und Beanspruchung im Call-Center [in German]|
||May 2000, Vol.9, No.5, p.4-11. Illus. 2 ref.
||The results of interviews and questionnaire surveys conducted in call centres in Germany are summarized. Employees in call centres spend long hours at visual display units while answering customer queries on the phone. Noise levels above 55dB(A), low humidity and inadequate furniture were observed at these workplaces. In interviews, managers of these units reported the following stress factors: simultaneous communication with many clients, uncertainty with regard to the callers' needs and handling complaints. The employees mainly reported constant time pressures, lack of recognition and frequently having to cope with new software. Evaluations of the results of questionnaire surveys on the neuropsychic stress among workers in call centres yielded lower stress scores for varied and demanding work than for monotonous work with low decision latitude.
||telephone exchanges; stress factors; conditions of work; computer terminals
||neuropsychic stress; office work; mental stress; stress evaluation; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Stress, psychosocial factors
||Mental stress and burnout
Visual display terminals (VDTs)