The National Safety Council (NSC) and the Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative have collaborated on a new online tool that can help employers estimate the cost of workplace fatigue. According to the NSC, every tired employee can cost employers between $1,200 and $3,100 every year in expenses related to health care, absenteeism and lost productivity.
Tired employees not only work less effectively, but they can represent a safety hazard to themselves and those around them. Help ensure the health of your employees by following these tips:
- Let your employees know that they should talk to a manager about any fatigue concerns before exhaustion becomes a problem.
- Set up a flexible scheduling system that allows sleep-deprived employees to come in later or make up lost time when they’re well-rested.
- Encourage employees to take short walks to re-energize themselves. You can also consider creating a workplace wellness program to make sure employees get enough exercise.
- Promote good nutrition by making healthy snacks and water available to employees at all times.
© 2017 Zywave, Inc.