Can Fatigue Affect your Bottom Line?
There’s a reason why children get fussy and/or whine when tired – sleep is a vital factor in their overall health. Flash forward into adulthood where adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night; unfortunately 30% of adults report averaging less than six hours.
Translate that into the workplace – can fatigue affect your bottom line? Long story short – yes, Here’s the thing – we’ve all yawned at the office, your work station, or otherwise on the clock, but fatigue is more than catching some extra Z’s at night. Long work hours and extended and irregular shifts in the workplace may be stressful physically, mentally, and emotionally.
While tiredness can often be solved by a change in your routine or getting a good night’s sleep, fatigue can be a more complex issue with a variety of symptoms that usually last longer and are more intense than tiredness. You can read more about that on our blog. Here are some quick stats:
- More than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts, or irregular shifts.
- Fatigue is estimated to cost employers $136 billion a year in health-related lost productivity.
As a safety professional, you can take mitigating fatigue risk for you and your coworkers at the workplace a step further with Evolved Safety. We’ll help you look at your current safety training plan to see where tweaks and changes can be made to keep your staff well-rested and alert on the job.