Having recently read a study in the dangers of Fatigue in the workplace I thought I would write a short blog looking at the 10 deadly signs of fatigue. This is a guide to the employer how to look out for fatigue among your workforce.

So firstly, what are the causes of fatigue?

Inadequate sleep – this might seem obvious but most adults don’t have the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night

Not enough time to sleep – extended working hours, irregular working hours, shift work, having more than one job can all impact on sleep and these factors are becoming increasingly more regular as people put money over health.

Poor quality sleep – workplace stress can often lead to sleep disordersShift work – this upsets natural sleep rhythms

What are the symptoms you’re likely to spot amongst your workforce?

If you spot any of these symptoms what can you do as an employer to cut down on fatigue? There is, of course, an element of responsibility that falls with the employee to look after their own health but as an employer it is important to have an efficient, focussed workforce. There is also a Health and Safety point of view especially if your workforce are operating heavy machinery or are in charge of vehicles.

These are just a few ways you can monitor and try to minimise fatigue among your workforce. For more information on analysing shift patterns and absences visit out Time and Attendance section. 

Do you have any advice on how to manage fatigue in the workplace?

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