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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
SILVA, Juliana Lemos and NAVARRO, Vera Lucia. Work organization and the health of bank employees. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 226-234. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000200003.
The Brazilian banking sector has undergone an intense restructuring process and taken a leading position in the incorporation of new technologies and organizational innovations. Computerization in the industry, in association with forms of work organization, has resulted in changes that reflect on the workers' health. Based on the theoretical and methodological frameworks of historical and dialectical materialism, this qualitative study investigates the work conditions of bank employees in order to identify the extent to which changes in work organization interfere with these workers' health. Data were collected through interviews held with 11 bank employees. In addition to physical sickening due to occupational diseases directly related to work intensification, the results also show an increased incidence of mental suffering and a feeling of loss of professional identity. Work-related frustration, instability and concerns related to psychological pressure resulting from the need to achieve goals predominated in the reports.
Keywords : Work; Working Conditions; Occupational Health; Occupational Diseases.