Regularly working night shifts or outside 7am to 6pm on weekdays has previously been shown to put staff at greater risk of a range of problems such as substance abuse, sleep disturbances, absenteeism, injuries and accidents, according to researchers at Durham University.
They carried out a systematic review of 26 studies on shift workers from around the world including nurses, police officers and manufacturing workers. It looked at the influence of organisational changes on the health and wellbeing of shift workers.
The review suggested that rotating workers through shift changes more quickly, such as every three or four days rather than weekly, was better for the health of staff.
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