Taylor, P. J., Pocock, S. J., and Sergean, R. (1972).Brit. J. industr. Med.,29, 338-340. Shift and dayworkers' absence: relationship with some terms and conditions of service. A previous investigation in 29 organizations showed that although shift workers had less absence overall than their counterparts on days, some inconsistencies existed. These are now examined in relation to company sick pay schemes, details of shift rotas, weekly hours of work, and earnings. No evidence was found to associate sick pay or details of the rota with the ratio of shift-to-day absence. An association was found between gross pay and frequency of certified sickness absence such that the more highly paid the shift worker relative to the day worker, the less satisfactory his absence record. Sickness absence was also related, though less closely, to hours of work: the shorter the shift workers' hours relative to those of day workers, the better their attendance. The implications of these results are discussed.
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