Apr 11, 2008

Study findings confirm forward rotating shiftwork schedule has benefits

An article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirms that forward-rotating schedules are preferable for rotating shiftworkers than schedules that rotate backwards (from night shift, to evening shift, to day shift). The journal article cites a study by Clare Bambra, a researcher in Department of Geography at Durham University in England. The study also found benefits to work-life balance in giving shiftworkers more individual control over their work schedules. While the latter may not always be possible in many operations, employers should take note that the benefits of a forward rotating schedule are pretty clearly established at this point.

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