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Pay Cuts Lead To Lack Of Sleep

Pay Cuts Lead To Lack Of Sleep
When workers take a pay cut, money is not the only thing that is lost - they may also lose sleep, as per new research.

A study at four hospitals found that nurses who took an unexpected pay cut reported higher levels of insomnia than their colleagues whose pay did not change.

But insomnia symptoms dropped sharply for nurses whose supervisors were trained to offer emotional support and full information to those suffering the salary cut.

"There's both bad news and good news in these results," said Jerald Greenberg, author of the study and professor of management and human resources at Ohio State University 's Fisher College of Business.

The bad news is that sources of stress in the workplace - such as a pay cut - really can have a negative physiological effect on workers. Insomnia has been linked to workplace accidents and lowered productivity.

But the good news is that management can help minimize these problems both easily and inexpensively, Greenberg said.

"There's nothing magical about the supervisor training I did at the hospitals during the study," he said. "But unfortunately, it is seldom done at a number of organizations."

The study was published this week in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

The study was conducted at four private hospitals in different cities in the Northeast. All the hospitals were owned by the same large health care organization.

Greenberg was already working with the hospitals on a different project when he learned about plans to implement a new pay system at the hospitals. Instead of being paid hourly and receiving overtime pay, nurses were being converted to salaried employees, working the same number of hours. The result was that the nurses' pay would be reduced by about 10 percent.

The company decided to implement the pay cut in phases, with nurses at two of the hospitals receiving the pay cuts first.

Greenberg received permission to study how the stress caused by the pay cut affected the workers. In the end, 467 nurses at the four hospitals participated in the research.

Before pay cuts were announced, nurses at all four hospitals filled out questionnaires over four weeks measuring their levels of insomnia. In week five, nurses at two of the hospitals were informed about the new salary system that would reduce their pay.

Nurses continued using the insomnia questionnaires the following four weeks. Results showed that nurses who experienced the pay cut showed "dramatic increases" in symptoms of insomnia, to an average score of 6 on a 7-point scale, Greenberg said. The average score before the pay cut was half that, he said.



Source: Ohio State University




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When workers take a pay cut, money is not the only thing that is lost - they may also lose sleep, as per new research. A study at four hospitals found that nurses who took an unexpected pay cut reported higher levels of insomnia than their colleagues whose pay did not change.

Medicineworld.org: Pay Cuts Lead To Lack Of Sleep

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