11 - 11/7/11 Occupational Health Psychology Overview o What...

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11/7/11 Occupational Health Psychology Overview o What factors influence worker safety/health? Nature of the work Work schedule Unsafe behavior Work violence Job stress Work/Family conflict o Why should an organization care Lack of safety/healthy hurts workers’ well-being (physical and/or psychological) A hurt/sick/stressed worker is not productive Employee healthcare costs add up Replacing employees is expensive Poor safety record hurts and organization’s reputation and can bring costly sanctions Nature of Work Environment o Common Environmental Health Risks: Infectious diseases Loud noise Repetitive actions and lifting Repetitive strain injuries: Carpal tunnel, musculoskeletal disorder Toxic substances Work Schedules o Night or rotating shifts: Main problem: Disruption of Circadian Rhythm Can result in both health and social problems o Long work shifts: Main problem: Fatigue Can result in health problems and job dissatisfaction o Flextime Setting your own work schedule Facilitates family life, reduces absence and tardiness
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course PSYC 351 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas A&M.

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