Local Researchers Look at Psychological, Economic and Physical Toll of Shift Work

at 10:30 AM
Save ArticleSave Article

Failed to save article

Please try again

This article is more than 3 years old.
Tired bartender rests after a shift. (iStock by Getty Images)

Americans have increasingly erratic work schedules and it's taking a toll on employees. That's according to a study by a UC Berkeley and a UCSF professor who surveyed workers in food service and retail. Only 20 percent of those surveyed work a regular daytime shift, and two-thirds get their weekly schedule with less than two weeks notice. Study authors say the uncertainty is associated with unhappiness and distress, with nearly half of those surveyed reporting psychological distress, and many more reporting poor sleep. Forum talks about the psychological and physical impact of these unpredictable work schedules.


Kristen Harknett, associate professor of Social Behavioral Sciences, UCSF School of Nursing

Daniel Schneider, assistant professor, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology