How Does the Presence of High Need for Recovery Affect the Association Between Perceived High Chronic Exposure to Stressful Work Demands and Work Productivity Loss?

Carolyn S. Dewa, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Judith K. Sluiter

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Objective: Employers have increasingly been interested in decreasing work stress. However, little attention has been given to recovery from the exertion experienced during work. This paper addresses the question: how does the presence of high need for recovery (HNFR) affect the association between perceived high chronic exposure to stressful work demands (PHCE) and work productivity loss (WPL)? Methods: Data were from a populationbased survey of 2219 Ontario workers. TheWork Limitations Questionnaire was used to measure WPL. The relationship between HNFR and WPL was examined using four multiple regression models. Results: Our results indicate that HNFR affects the association between PHCE and WPL. They also suggest that PHCE alone significantly increases the risk of WPL. Conclusion: Our results suggest that HNFR as well as PHCE could be an important factor for workplaces to target to increase worker productivity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-622
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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