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.