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

Scholarios, Dora and Hesselgreaves, Hannah and Pratt, Raymond (2015) Shift unpredictability in the police : implications for health, behaviour and attitudes. In: 18th Congress of European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 2015-05-20 - 2015-05-23.

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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.