Fatigue among workers is a hidden workplace issue affecting businesses throughout the United States. According to new research from the National Safety Council (NSC) and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative, sleep disorders and sleep deficiency that result in exhausted workers costs employers millions each year in absenteeism, lost productivity, and healthcare costs—most are undiagnosed and untreated disorders.
Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC, launched the Fatigue Cost Calculator for Employers at this year’s NSC Congress & Expo. The calculator is an online tool that provides companies with a snapshot of not only their losses but also will estimate how much of the burden can be avoided with an employee sleep health education program implemented in the workplace. The program screens for obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.
Most employers don’t even think about the cost of safety and their bottom line because of fatigue. But, more than 40 percent of workers are sleep-deprived. Most at risk are workers on night shifts, working long shifts, or irregular shifts. However, all workplaces will have some level of fatigue risk. Additional risk factors include:
Interestingly, the research found regional trends in worker sleep-deprivation risks. The South has the highest risk factors, followed by the West Coast and the Northeast. Workers are least at risk in the Midwest.
Here are some facts for you to consider:
The reality is that more than 1 in 3 people are not getting enough sleep. Educate workers on how to avoid fatigue. For example, workers should:
Be sure to check out the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator to see how much fatigue is affecting your bottom line and how you can implement programs to reduce the burden.
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