Job demands and stress reactions in repetitive and uneventful monotony at work

Int J Health Serv. 1989;19(2):365-77. doi: 10.2190/XYP9-VK4Y-9H80-VV3K.


Monotonous work has been analyzed from sociological and social psychological perspectives in terms of consequences for job satisfaction, life satisfaction, leisure activities, and health. In this article, a distinction is made between repetitive and uneventful monotony. Psychobiological reactions to these tasks are analyzed and related to possible long-term consequences for health. Strategies for work reform required for the two types of monotony are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Boredom
  • Environment*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Office Automation
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Technology
  • Work*