Prior studies on alternative work schedules have focused primarily on the main effects of compressed work weeks and shift work on individual outcomes. This study explores the combined effects of alternative and preferred work schedules on nurses' satisfaction with their work schedules, perceived patient care quality, and interferences with their personal lives.
Stephen J. Havlovic, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Management, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Dora C. Lau, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Lawrence T. Pinfield, Ph.D., is Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.
Funding for this research was provided by a Simon Fraser University Presidential Research Grant. This research was possible thanks to the assistance of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia. The authors also thank Robert Roe and several anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.