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Dissatisfaction with work as a risk factor of musculoskeletal complaints among foresters in Poland
 
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Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Institute of Sociology, Lublin, Poland
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Insitute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med 2017;24(4):706–711
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Introduction:
Researchers indicate an important relationship between the level of job satisfaction and the state of health of the employees. Some elements of work related with its character, organization, and interpersonal relationships may evoke strong stress, manifested by, among others, an increased musculoskeletal tension which, in turn, may lead to permanent dysfunction of this system.

Objective:
The objective of the study was analysis of the relationship between the level of job satisfaction and occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders among employees of the State Forests.

Material and methods:
The research material was collected using two instruments: the modified Nordic Questionnaire for assessment of musculoskeletal disorders, and a questionnaire concerning job satisfaction. The study was conducted in a group of 396 employees of the State Forests from 8 regions of Poland.

Results:
The results of analysis confirmed a significant relationship between job satisfaction and the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders. The lower the level of job satisfaction, the more frequent the experiencing of musculoskeletal disorders.

Conclusions:
Low level of job satisfaction is a risk factor for the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders. Shaping of work conditions, which are the source of job satisfaction, should be considered as one of the main elements of prevention of musculoskeletal complaints.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Stanisław Lachowski   
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Institute of Sociology, Lublin, Poland
Małgorzata Goździewska   
Insitute of Rural Health, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-090 Lublin, Poland
 
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