Assigning shift work by employee’s preferences may improve outcomes, study finds

March 12, 2015 4:00 PM

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Assigning shift work by employee’s preferences may improve outcomes, study finds

The grind of a work week can be difficult for any employee, but for those whose work schedules don’t match their biological clocks, they may experience “social jetlag,” or the feeling of walking around in a fog. New research from Germany has found that creating work schedules based on employees’ natural rhythms may improve overall well-being.

"A 'simple' re-organization of shifts according to chronotype allowed workers to sleep more on workday nights," study author Till Roenneberg of Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany said in a news release. "As a consequence, they were also able to sleep less on their free days due to a decreased n...

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