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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?.

Dewa, Carolyn S. MPH, PhD; Nieuwenhuijsen, Karen PhD; Sluiter, Judith K. PhD
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Post Author Corrections: May 18, 2016
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000723
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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 population-based survey of 2219 Ontario workers. The Work 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.

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