Employee fatigue is a growing problem in workplaces everywhere. This issue affects over one third of working adults and can negatively affect their workplaces as well. On average, one sleep deprived worker can cost an employer six productive workdays in a year and tired employees are more likely to be injured at work. You are likely not purposefully wearing out your employees, but certain behaviors or policies in your workplace may be causing employee fatigue. Here are some things to stay aware of:
The amount and type of food you eat can have a huge impact on your energy levels. Having healthy food options for your employees can increase their awareness and motivation. Provide plenty of water and high protein snacks for your employees. Try to limit the amount of sugar in company-provided snacks. Sugar may provide short time energy, but it will end in a crash that will only increase employee fatigue.
Requiring more hours for employees doesn’t guarantee increased productivity. In fact, working more hours a week leads to more injury due to fatigue. To decrease employee fatigue, make sure you aren’t asking too much of your employees. Try to keep employees working hours that allow them to rest and recuperate.
A little bit of stress can be a good thing, but too much is harmful. Employees with too much stress in their lives are more likely to struggle with sleep and to be fatigued. Encourage your employees to find ways to deal with stress. Promote exercise and meditation programs in your workplace. Take time to evaluate with your employees if they feel their workload is too much, and what you can do to help them.
Some of your employees might not be aware that they are experiencing unhealthy fatigue at work. By spreading awareness about fatigue, you give your employees room to talk about their concerns and experiences. This can give you opportunities to learn how to reduce employee stress and how your employees want to communicate about fatigue.
Employee fatigue can be hurting your company without you even knowing it. Implement these items into your workplace to help your employees be heathier and happier at work.