Attitudes of permanent day and shift workers towards shiftwork — a field study
In the second part of the decade 1950–1960 a detailed and well designed research-study was carried out in the Netherlands, concerning, among other things, a variety of characteristics of shiftwork (Banning et ah 1961). Its publication contained, apart from data with regard to the applications, effects and opportunities of shiftwork, several predictions on the development of shiftwork in the Netherlands in the years to come. Even the most modest prediction foresaw an increase, both absolute and percentage-wise, as to the application of shiftwork in most branches of industry, due, among other things, to investments made. Ten years later this proved to have been an inaccurate forecast. The proportional increase in the application of shiftwork was a minor one, which table 1 illustrates. (Data regarding the mining industries are not included since most mines have been closed during this decade.)
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