One of the biggest dangers facing modern workplaces is a somewhat hidden threat. Whilst it may not have the obvious and visible warning signs as displayed by a physical injury, the impact and effect of suffering fatigue at work can be considerably more serious.
Though fatigue is complicated in terms of measure and analysis, simply because it affects each person differently and everyone has different thresholds before the problems set in, there are a number of common signs and symptoms that all is not well.
How can I avoid accidents at work because of fatigue?
The first step to avoid the complications of fatigue, including stress related illnesses, is to recognise the symptoms early. The most common signals include:
– Involuntary, micro-sleeps where you fall asleep against your will
– A loss of appetite
– General feelings of melancholy
– Increased levels of irritability
– A lack of patience
If you start experiencing these feelings at work, it’s important you immediately start to consider why, especially if they are out of character.
Why is it important to avoid fatigue at work?
As well as the damage fatigue can do to your own state of health and well-being, it can also have a hugely detrimental impact on your professional performance and increase the likelihood of an accident at work.
Someone suffering from fatigue is likely to display:
– Indecision and a greatly reduced ability to make definitive choices
– An inability to plan complex tasks
– Poor reactions in terms of both thought and speed
– Poor communication skills
– A lack of memory
– Errors in professional judgement
What can I do to help with fatigue at work?
There are a number of life changes you can make to help aid better sleep. Just some of these suggested alterations are:
– Regular bed and getting up times
– Frequent exercise
– A balanced diet and regular meal times
– Make sleep the primary purpose of your bed, ie avoid reading, working or watching television in bed
– Make the room as dark and quiet as possible
– Don’t try to ‘force’ sleep. If you are not tired, find something quiet to do
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Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown