February 26, 2010 | Barb Carr

Is Employee Fatigue a Behavioral Problem? What’s the Science Say …

All too often we encounter managers who say: “If our people spent more time in bed getting their proper rest and less time watching TV, sitting in a bar, or allowing themselves to be compromised by family life and personal activities, then they wouldn’t be tired on the job!” (1).

Before managers jump to the conclusion that fatigue in the workplace is by-and-large a behavioral problem, it might be a good idea to review the research on daytime sleep. When you do, you’ll learn that there are certain times of day (11 a.m., for example) when it is difficult to obtain more than four hours of sleep, even if you’re exhausted and the conditions are perfect—dark, quiet, peaceful.

In this article we’ll review the science of daytime sleep and look at its implications for the way managers perceive employee fatigue and sleep management training.

(Read article on Circadian 24/7 Workplace Solutions’ website. Excerpt of article reprinted with permission.  Bill Sirois, COO of Circadian Technologies, will present “Measuring Fatigue Using FACT” at the 2010 TapRooT® Summit, October 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas.)

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