Whether you consider yourself successful or suffering, don’t believe the myths that are often offered to explain shiftworker success or suffering. It is not because you’re tough or not tough enough or that you’re not trying hard enough or that shiftwork is just always difficult.
‘Fatigue management’ is an important concern for workplace safety. But an article by someone considered to be an expert on the subject has once again convinced me that we are not getting ‘fatigue management’ right. And there are consequences. By not getting fatigue management right workplaces are developing ‘fatigue management’ programs which are not effective and may even be missing the mark in terms of preventing accidents and injuries.
Poor sleep and sleep deprivation are known to adversely affect health, performance and safety. Poor sleep and difficulty falling asleep are also associated with addictions. This may be because an addiction can impact sleep but it can also be the case that someone with a sleep problem develops an addiction.
As a manager, you may not be able to control every aspect of the shiftwork workplace, but if you can implement even one or two strategies to reduce employee sleepiness and fatigue you will reduce the need to deal with other issues like absenteeism, turnover and increased health and benefit costs.