A new study by Kronos shows exactly how HR teams can manage fatigue and ensure workers don’t experience too much physical stress from lack of sleep. The four factors, in order of influence on fatigue, are:
- The number of hours worked in a day
- Number of consecutive days worked without more than 24 hours off
- Total hours worked in a week
- Working mostly nights
The survey was done on energy companies, including oil and gas and power sectors, which often seen staff working two weeks at a time before getting a day off.
Top three impacts of fatigue:
- Productivity loss
- Quality decrease
- Minor accidents
Another recent survey by Monster found that nearly half (42%) of all American employees have changed jobs due to a stressful work environment.
Kronos vice president Charlie DeWitt said a workforce management system was essential to manage fatigue in real time. “Without such a system, fatigue can only be assessed retrospectively, limiting prevention. We believe that forward-thinking companies will increasingly embrace such technology,” he said.
Any company that deals with fly-in-fly-out workers or night shifts will know that managing employee fatigue is an added hassle to the already burdensome workplace management issues.