Evaluation of an open-rota system in a Danish psychiatric hospital: a mechanism for improving job satisfaction and work-life balance

Pryce, Joanna; Albertsen, Karen and Nielsen, Karina. 2006. Evaluation of an open-rota system in a Danish psychiatric hospital: a mechanism for improving job satisfaction and work-life balance. Journal of Nursing Management, 14(4), pp. 282-288. ISSN 0966-0429 [Article]

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Aims: -- To evaluate the impact of an open-rota scheduling system on the health, work-life balance and job satisfaction of nurses working in a psychiatric ward in Denmark. -- Background: The effects of shift rotation and scheduling are well known; however, little is known about the wider benefits of open-rota systems. -- Method: A structured questionnaire was distributed to control and intervention groups preintervention and postintervention (20 months). Nurses within the intervention group trialed an open-rota system in which nurses designed their own work-rest schdules. -- Results: Nurses in the intervention group reported that they were more satisfied with their work hours, less likely to swap their shift when working within the open-rota system and reported significant increases in work-life balance, job satisfaction, social support and community spirit when compared with nurses in the control groups. -- Conclusions: The ownership and choice over work-rest schedules has benefits for nurses, and potentially the hospital.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00617.x

Keywords:

Intervention; job satisfaction; scheduling; work-life balance; working hours

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
May 2006Published

Item ID:

22

Date Deposited:

05 Aug 2008 15:44

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 15:28

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22

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