What’s on menu for under pressure workers?

Image shows two construction workers at the top of a building site, with blue sky in background.
Dietary options of building industry workers is the focus of a research project at Griffith University.

Eating habits of construction workers will be under the spotlight at a seminar hosted by Griffith’s Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing on Tuesday.

Dr Rebecca Loudoun, a senior lecturer at the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, will outline the findings of a research project examining the impact of stressful work conditions in the building industry.

“The construction industry involves longer than average working hours and tight deadlines with severe financial penalties if targets are not met,” Dr Loudoun said.

“Construction managers carry significant responsibility for completion of projects on time, but also for the physical safety of workers.

“Little is known about the impact of stressful work environments on the health promoting behaviours of construction workers.”

Dr Loudoun’s presentation will consider research around work environments in project-based construction work and the outcomes for dietary habits, including the consumption of so-called energy drinks.

The seminar is hosted by the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University’s Nathan campus from 10am to 11.30pm on Tuesday, April 28.