Increasing job monotony

Other Names:
Dehumanization of work
Monotonous and repetitious work
Deadening occupational experience
Boring work

A high degree of mechanization may increase psychosomatic disorders, reduce job satisfaction, and contribute to a higher rate of absenteeism. Factors such as inter-personal relations at work, work stability, shift work, speed, and safety are important. Workers engaged in repetitive tasks, and controlled by machines, derive less satisfaction from their work. Shift work to sustain factory output capacities creates a psychosocial working environment that may adversely influence the health of the worker. Night work, and the change of working hours from one shift to another, may subject the workers to certain stresses. Such stresses affect the nervous system, increasing the frequency of peptic ulcer and of nervous symptoms, such as fatigue, nervousness, irritation, and insomnia. These nervous symptoms are usually related to lack of sleep, which in turn may be related to housing conditions, and especially to disturbance of sleep by noise during the day, if the worker is on the night shift.

Narrower Problems:
Tedious office employment
Work addiction
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST