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Psicologia em Estudo

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OLIVEIRA, Juliana Roman dos Santos et al. Fatigue at work: how can the psychologist act?. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.633-638. ISSN 1413-7372.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722010000300021.

Poor working conditions and the organized way of work inside the capitalist system have frequently been harmful to the worker. Besides, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of many disorders that can affect the working class. Through a theoretical revision, there has been an attempt to characterize the syndrome, its possible causes and consequences, also the role of psychologist inside the organizations. The fatigue can be understood as a physical and mental exhaustion, culminating in consequences to worker's health. Overworking, pressures for production, switched shifts, physical hazards and lack of autonomy are some factors mentioned as likely of triggers of the syndrome, and the verified consequences range from little productivity and major risk of accidents to difficulties in enjoying free time. It is the job of the work and organizational psychologist to perform preventive and remedial actions which lessen the emergence of fatigue at work.

Keywords : Fatigue at work; organizational psychology; worker's health.

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