Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 145–157

Working While the World Sleeps: A Consideration of Sleep and Shift Work Design


DOI: 10.1023/A:1021189305076

Cite this article as:
Oexman, R.D., Knotts, T.L. & Koch, J. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal (2002) 14: 145. doi:10.1023/A:1021189305076


The evolution of society and economic pressure has provided the impetus for operating on a 24-hr basis in many industries. This has occurred with relatively little attention toward sleep deprivation and related problems facing shift workers and the organizations employing them. This paper first documents the move toward shift work and some sleep problems associated with it. We then describe sleep disorders that impact job performance. Next, we describe alternative schedules and give suggestions for shift work implementation. Finally, we offer some normative advice regarding the treatment of shift employees.

sleep deprivationshift workwork schedulessleep disorders

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ErgonomicsBedding, and Seating, Leggett & Platt, Inc.Carthage
  2. 2.Department of Management, College of Business AdministrationSouthwest Missouri State UniversitySpringfield
  3. 3.Department of Human ResourcesTalbot Industries, Inc., cnLeggett & Platt CompanyNeosho