Shift unpredictability in the police: implications for health, behaviour and attitudes

Dora Scholarios, Hannah Hesselgreaves, Raymond Pratt

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Abstract

Shift predictability may combat negative effects of shiftwork; e.g., working time control moderates the effects of long-working hours on health/sickness absence. In some contexts, however, operational demand becomes an overarching principle, with predictability for the employee sacrificed. We propose that unpredictability negatively affects strain/health, attitudinal and behavioural outcomes, and undermines the use of fixed-hours shifts and flexible work arrangements (FWAs) which are commonly used to counteract the well-known consequences of shiftwork.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015
Event18th Congress of European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 20 May 201523 May 2015

Conference

Conference18th Congress of European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period20/05/1523/05/15

Keywords

  • shiftwork
  • police

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    Shiftwork and Driving Safety in the Police

    Scholarios, D.

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    Scholarios, D., Hesselgreaves, H., & Pratt, R. (2015). Shift unpredictability in the police: implications for health, behaviour and attitudes. Paper presented at 18th Congress of European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway.