We all experience periods of tiredness, caused by many factors. Trying to motivate and manage employees who are tired and stressed can be an uphill struggle. We live busy lives and the external pressures from sleepless toddlers at home, long commutes, hectic personal lives, and social media obsession all contribute to us sleeping less hours than we need. However, very little is to be gained from surviving on just a few hours of sleep a night. Mental or physical fatigue in the workplace reduces a person’s ability to work productively and safely. We know that rested employees are more positive, energetic, and productive. There are a few things you can implement to combat fatigue during the workday.
Provide Healthy Snacks
A simple gesture like keeping a well-stocked fruit bowl and selection of health bars will be appreciated by employees as they top-up on their daily nutrients and vitamins.
Rule out illness
Regular health checks should identify if individual fatigue is the result of something more sinister. Even if you don’t offer company healthcare, regular reminders in newsletters, mobile messaging or company emails can prompt employees to check in with dentists, doctors, optometrists, and therapists to make sure the engines are all running smoothly.
Remind employees to give their bodies and brains a rest by taking regular scheduled breaks. Breaks should be often, encouraged and long enough for employees to re-hydrate, rest and eat. Breaks can be scheduled into a Workforce Management solution ensuring compliance with statutory work rules, and a more productive workforce.
Shift and night workers are especially prone to fatigue. Careful consideration should be given to shift patterns including setting rosters ahead of time and avoiding last-minute changes, to allow workers to plan leisure time. Try and allocate shift and night workers consecutive days off to allow for at least two full nights’ sleep, and avoid early morning starts before 6am.
RITEQ’s WFM Software allows for easy and accurate shift planning and fatigue management, ensuring workplace compliance guidelines are applied, budgets and customer service goals are met, and no unhealthy patterns occur. Furthermore, shifts can be communicated to employees easily in advance via SMS, email, or kiosks.
A relaxed and rested employee is a happy and productive one, so if you can implement some of these tools and techniques to offer your staff adequate rest, breaks and time-off, you should create a more pleasant, efficient working environment for all.