Have you ever had a hangover? How about jet lag? Your body aches, your eyes are heavy, your head hurts and your ability to concentrate on anything remotely complicated hovers above zero. Getting anything done when you're working through a fog, unable to concentrate or forgetting your train of thoughts... [yawn]... umm, what we're we talking about? Oh right; this is fatigue. You know the feeling, and you've felt it.

Would it scare you if your employees were working in this condition? Chances are, many of them are - and it should scare you! Increased safety risk, reduced productivity and reduced satisfaction are among the many costly implications of this workplace health and safety issue which is largely manageable and avoidable. 

If employee stress, depression, injuries or health related absences and presenteeism are concerns for you, then there's a high probability that fatigue is contributing. You could benefit from a more effective fatigue management program. 

Fatigue increases:

  • Irritability
  • Error rates
  • Sleepiness
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Anxiety 

Fatigue inhibits:

  • Concentration
  • Decision making
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Reaction times
  • Reflexes
  • Awareness of surroundings
  • Motivation

5 reasons these symptoms are bad for your business:

  1. Decreased productivity
  2. Increased injury risk
  3. Degrading health
  4. Decreased job satisfaction
  5. Increased stress

Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow's blog post where we will discuss these 5 reasons in more detail!