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BMC Research Notes

, 7:180

First Online: 27 March 2014Received: 30 April 2013Accepted: 22 March 2014DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-7-180

Cite this article as: Uchida, M., Kaneko, M. & Kawa, S. BMC Res Notes 2014 7: 180. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-7-180


BackgroundAs detailed associations between personality and long work hours are unclear, we assessed associations between personality dimensions and overtime work among Japanese white-collar workers.

MethodsFrom records of hours worked over 12 months by 267 office workers in an organization within the service industry, average overtime work hours per month and occurrence of excessive overtime was determined for each worker. Excessive overtime was defined as >  45 overtime work hours per month for at least one month. Responses to a questionnaire assessing socio-demographic and workplace-related factors and the Big Five personality test were analyzed. Associations between personality factors and overtime work were assessed by multivariate logistic regression analysis.

ResultsLow Extraversion was associated with excessive overtime work OR 2.02, 95%CI 1.02 – 4.02, P =  0.04.

ConclusionsIt is suggested that workers with low Extraversion can’t share work when busy to avoid excessive overtime. Personality factors should be considered in studies evaluating work time. Moreover, strengthening communication among workers with low Extraversion may reduce excessive overtime work and associated health problems.

KeywordsBig Five Long work hours Overtime work Personality White-collar workers  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Mitsuo Uchida - Minoru Kaneko - Shigeyuki Kawa

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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