Thirst at Work Implies More Than Just Inadequate Facilities for Breaks

Thirst at Work Implies More Than Just Inadequate Facilities for Breaks Early signs of dehydration, such as headaches, are not unusual in the working population. Even slight deficiencies of water intake may have negative effects on both health and performance. However, little is known about work-related fluid intake. We expect the daily experience of interruptions to distract from perceived thirst, resulting in reduced daily fluid intake. This effect may be more pronounced when the workload is generally less predictable due to the assignment of tasks that are beyond the definition of the worker’s professional role (unreasonable tasks). Data were gathered from 29 female service employees across five workdays. Multilevel analyses revealed daily work interruptions to be negatively associated with fluid intake, especially when there were frequent unreasonable task-assignments. Results suggest that interruptions at work might reduce daily fluid intake. However, adequate allocation of tasks by managers can protect employees against insufficient drinking. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Springer Journals

Thirst at Work Implies More Than Just Inadequate Facilities for Breaks

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Psychology, general; Health Psychology; Public Health; Psychotherapy and Counseling
ISSN
1090-0586
eISSN
1573-3270
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10484-017-9369-x
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Abstract

Early signs of dehydration, such as headaches, are not unusual in the working population. Even slight deficiencies of water intake may have negative effects on both health and performance. However, little is known about work-related fluid intake. We expect the daily experience of interruptions to distract from perceived thirst, resulting in reduced daily fluid intake. This effect may be more pronounced when the workload is generally less predictable due to the assignment of tasks that are beyond the definition of the worker’s professional role (unreasonable tasks). Data were gathered from 29 female service employees across five workdays. Multilevel analyses revealed daily work interruptions to be negatively associated with fluid intake, especially when there were frequent unreasonable task-assignments. Results suggest that interruptions at work might reduce daily fluid intake. However, adequate allocation of tasks by managers can protect employees against insufficient drinking.

Journal

Applied Psychophysiology and BiofeedbackSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 4, 2017

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