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September 2, 1944

Absence from Work: Prevention of Fatigue

JAMA. 1944;126(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850360063031

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This pamphlet is the second in a series issued by the Industrial Health Research Board of the Medical Research Council intended to improve and safeguard industrial health and efficiency. It states at the outset that industrial productivity is dependent on the health, efficiency and enthusiasm of the workers. The factors leading to absence from work as they relate to conditions inside the factory, outside influences and the status of the workers' minds and bodies are all succinctly listed. In this last connection, certain measures calculated to relieve boredom and indifference are described, such as rest periods, judicious use of music, the introduction of competition and a definite knowledge of what the process means to the finished product. Individual workers, joint productive committees and works councils all must contribute to improve attitude, work environment and interest in healthful living. The effect of fatigue on productivity expresses itself in lowered output, lowered

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