The Dangers of Fatigue in the Workplace and How To Prevent It

 

Not only can fatigue take a heavy toll on your day-to-day life, but it also increases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Fatigue can be described as a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency, usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness and tiredness. It can be caused by a number of different factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace stress, and medical conditions. Fatigue can seriously affect your workplace performance, which not only affects your own health, but possibly the health of those around you as well.

RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS

There are a wide range of symptoms associated with fatigue, with some of the most significant being:

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  • Dizziness

  • Slowed reflexes and responses

  • Muscle weakness

  • Impaired decision making and judgement

  • Poor concentration


WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

As mentioned above, there are many different factors that can cause fatigue, with the most common evidently being a lack of sleep. However, other factors such as alcohol and drugs, workplace stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, and burnout can also cause fatigue. Because of this, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for employees, and maintaining a healthy work environment is important for employers.

HOW FATIGUE CAN AFFECT BUSINESS

Fatigue in the workplace can essentially be considered as a form of impairment, and as a workplace hazard. According to the National Safety Council, more than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those who work the night shift, or long/irregular shifts are more at risk of fatigue. Working in an unhealthy environment greatly affects the stress and fatigue levels of an employee, and fatigued worker productivity costs employers around 1200 to 3100 dollars annually. In order to save money, and ensure that your employees are healthy, safe, and happy, creating a healthy workplace environment is the number one priority for an employer.

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HOW TO PREVENT FATIGUE

Combating fatigue can actually be simple, done by implementing lifestyle changes. For example, exercising regularly, drinking water, getting to bed early, eating healthy meals, and limiting caffeine are great ways to prevent fatigue. However, when your fatigue is caused by psychological factors, reducing your stress, talking about how you feel, and assessing your lifestyle are also great ways to help prevent fatigue. If these tips don’t help and you’re unable to reduce your fatigue, it’s important to see a doctor to find a solution that works for you.

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Fatigue is a large, but overlooked issue that affects an individual’s overall health, happiness, and performance in the workplace. Here at Precede, the advice that we receive from our clients and our medicals can help companies develop programs that establish the best practices to reduce employee fatigue, therefore helping to create a healthier work environment. Each employee deserves to work in an environment that is safe and healthy, which will then result in an increased productivity and quality of work.

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