New Tool Shows the Cost of Workplace Fatigue

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.

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