Shift workers face increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research reveals

Employees working shifts and rotating hours, such as hospital staff and highways operatives, have a greater threat of contracting type 2 diabetes due to possible hormonal imbalances, sleep deprivation and unusual eating times, a study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests.

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The study was conducted by researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and revealed that shift workers were 9% more likely to have type 2 diabetes. Data obtained from the study also points out that, in men, the figure was 35% and for people who swapped between day and night shifts, the risk increased by a worrying 42%.

Companies with staff working rotating shifts could help promote a healthy lifestyle by providing nutrition and wellbeing advice and services. They could also improve the worker’s health by thoroughly managing their shifts and rotas, but in order to do so, they require the implementation of a very solid and reliable time and attendance system featuring extensive shift planning features.

The WinTA.NET Time and Attendance software suite from Tensor features and advanced absence planning and entitlement management system, sporting graphical calendar charts that offer a colourful way of viewing an individual’s or a department’s absence records.

The system also allows managers to create a series of shift premium rules that enable employees to earn bonus payments under special circumstances. The bonus is calculated either as extra hours or monetary amounts and can be included in the export to payroll, yet another major feature of the Tensor Time and Attendance solution.

WinTA.NET Business Edition is part of the new Tensor suite of .NET applications and can be combined with many other modules to provide one seamless application that meets all of your HR and security needs. Access Control, Personnel, CCTV, Visitor Monitoring, Tensor’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition and ID Badge Designer are all modules available to increase the power of your Tensor application.

If you’d like to get more information on the Tensor Time and Attendance systems, just contact our dedicated product team or Book a Demo, our representatives will gladly answer any question you might have.

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