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The issue of fatigue amongst employees working in the horticulture industry


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Fatigue is a major health and safety issue in the horticulture industry. The success of any kind of organisation lies in the overall performance and productivity of employees. The better the physical and mental condition of the employees, the better will be their involvement with the organisation and the greater will be their productivity levels. However, it has been found that huge workload and physical activities can influence the physical as well as the mental health of employees. Since the horticulture industry involves a large amount of physical activity, it has been found that fatigue is the major issue observed in employees. The aim of this research project was to study the issue of fatigue in employees working in horticulture and the reasons behind this. To achieve this aim, the research has used qualitative observation research methodology farm employees were closely monitored and observed for any kind of behavioural variations. The overall observation of the employees demonstrated that the main reasons behind occurrence of fatigue included extended hours of work, working in different shifts, working in double shifts, or studying. To overcome these issues, it is recommended that autonomy should be provided to the employees, the effective work-life balance should be maintained, and there must be effective and two-way communication between management and employees.

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: fatigue, employees, horticulture, industry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Adrian France
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 20:50
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 07:50

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