Share of workers and reported level of work-family conflict, salaried vs. hourly worker, by shift type

Day shift
(Conflict level/share)
Night shift
(Conflict level/share)
Irregular shift
(Conflict level/share)
 All (n=4,641) 2.2 (77%)  2.3 (6%) 2.5 (16%)***
Salaried 2.4 (86%) 2.4 (2%) 2.9 (12%) ***
Hourly 2.0 (75%) 2.3(10%) 2.4(15%) ***
Other 2.3 (60%) 2.3 (3%) 2.5 (35%)

***p<.001 in t-test. Salaried workers with irregular shifts have more conflict than salaried workers with day and night shifts and the difference is statistically significant. For hourly workers, those with irregular and night shifts have work stress levels that are statistically significantly different from one another and from day shift workers.

Notes: The conflict scores reflect workers' responses (1 = never, 2 = rarely, 3 = sometimes and 4 = often) to the question, "How often does job your interfere with family?" The “Other” category includes people working as independent contractors, independent consultants, or freelance workers. Shares shown may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

Source: General Social Survey Quality of Worklife Supplement (NIOSH) pooled years 2002, 2006, and 2010

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