A lot of organizations invest money in creating a conducive workplace for their employees, making available to them good seats, tables and computers too. They go as far as providing dining areas furnished with microwaves and refrigerators so that meals can be refrigerated and microwaved during lunch breaks, they do this believing that a conducive and work environment will bolster productivity.
However, there are some issues that the ambiance of the office is unable to shield employees from; one of such issues is fatigue in the workplace.
Fatigue refers to the feeling of exhaustion, drowsiness, or weariness that is brought upon by a lack of sleep, stress resulting from long periods of mental or physical activity, repetitive tasks or anxiety.
Causes of fatigue
The primary cause of fatigue is lack of sleep, but other factors such as long work hours, exposure to high temperatures and loud incessant noise have also been known to cause fatigue.
Types of fatigue
Fatigue can be acute or chronic. While acute fatigue occurs from short-term sleep loss, such as not getting enough sleep before going off to work the next day, chronic fatigue on the other hand results from a rather prolonged absence of sleep.
How does fatigue present itself?
Combating fatigue in the workplace
- The first step is to create a work schedule or rota that give workers enough time to rest and recuperate between shifts.
- For jobs that require employees to work long hours or overtime, consider that your workers will need enough time for other daily activities, such as commuting, preparing and eating meals and relaxing; And provide such amenities as meals, on-site accommodations and facilities where workers can nap either during the shift or before their commute back home.
- Provide a work environment that has good lighting, comfortable temperatures, and reasonable noise levels.
- Have your staff collaborate with different teams on a variety of projects to curb boredom arising from repetitive tasks.
- Be flexible when assigning tasks.