Recognizing Fatigue at Work

Feeling a Little Tired While on the Job?

Fatigue is the state of feeling very tired or exhausted. Usually it results from a lack of sleep — and it can be heightened due to prolonged mental activity or long periods of stress or anxiety. Boring or repetitive tasks can also increase feelings of being tired. You may not think being tired is any cause for concern, but it is. There are many hazards that can result from fatigue including a reduced ability to make decisions, inability to communicate effectively lack of focus, easily angered/frustrated, and limited stress management abilities. Recognize signs of fatigue in yourself, and also your co-workers. Symptoms include being tired/sleepy, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, or even slower reaction times. Please do your part to prevent fatigue and make sleep (quality and time) a priority.

Causes of Fatigue at Work

And How To Fight It!

Life is very demanding (no kidding, huh?) Trying to balance everything can sometimes leave your energy drained. When you experience fatigue, this can affect the choices you make at work. Any time a person is tired, they naturally want to do the easiest thing and sometimes this can result in unsafe behaviours just to get the job done. When you’re fatigued, you can also make errors in judgment because your mind may not be focused on the task at hand. Don’t put yourself at risk of injury just because you’re tired. Take steps to fight fatigue, and get at least 8 hours of sleep before coming to work. If you have difficulty falling asleep, try using the ear plugs, soft music or even a fan to block out any noise. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes, as they can cause sleep disturbances.