Understanding Employee Fatigue And Its Risk In The Workplace

How Employers Can Help Prevent Employee Fatigue

Employee fatigue issues should be handled with the same care and attention as other job-related hazards. Here are some helpful tips to keep employees awake, alert and safe on the job.

  • Change up the work tasks given to your employees throughout the day.
  • Offer regular breaks during the workday, so employees can energize and refocus on their objectives
  • Encourage employees to notify a manager or supervisor if they feel fatigued during the workday, or are having trouble completing their work.
  • Switch to "blue-enriched" white lighting in your office or facility. Research indicates that cognition-enhancing blue light during the day improves mood, productivity, concentration and sleep hygiene at night
  • Create a company sleep challenge. Talk about a fun way to engage in friendly competition. Employees can use an activity tracker (e.g., Fitbit) or an app (e.g., Sleep Cycle) and log the number of hours slept each night.

Meetings on the Move

Studies show that when people walk 45-60 minutes per day, they sleep better at night. With this is mind, many companies conduct employee meetings while walking on an indoor track. This novel idea not only increases workplace productivity and employee engagement, it also creates a healthier company culture.

Educate Your Employees

Employers can also minimize the risks of workplace fatigue through employee education. Explain to employees the dangers posed to themselves and others while working when overly tired. Encourage them to develop and maintain a healthy sleep routine with the following tips.

  • Make sleep a priority. Go to bed at the same (and reasonable) time each day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat light, nutritious meals and avoid eating or snacking right before bedtime.
  • Practice relaxation techniques after a long day and before going to sleep.
  • Resist the temptation to read or watch TV in bed.
  • Minimize their consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Turn off smartphones, tablets and laptops well before turning off the light.
  • Seek immediate treatment of sleep disorders from a licensed physician.

Employees are one of your most valuable assets for your business. Look out for them by helping them in taking care of themselves. This will not only help cut down on fatigue, it will also promote a positive environment that will foster productivity.