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Staff tired on the job? Here’s how to prevent that



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Do you have staff slumped at their desks looking drained? A recent research by Accountemps suggests you’re not alone.

According to the survey, 74% of professionals in the United States reported operating while tired at least somewhat often.

Worryingly, 31% reported operating while tired very often, and only 2% reported never operating while tired.

 

Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps, said: “Though often overlooked, sleep is a critical component of producing good work. Errors and ineffectiveness can occur when team members are running on empty. Consider the underlying causes of why employees are sleepy. If it’s because they’re stretched too thin, retention issues could soon follow.”

In line with that, Accountemps offered some tips to help staff minimise working while tired.

Tips for employers

  • Set a good example by working reasonable hours. Come to the office with adequate sleep and encourage your team to unplug after they leave the office.
  • Meet with your employees regularly to discuss their current projects and where they may need support.
  • Bring in temporary professionals to ensure staff aren’t overloaded or feel they need to put in overtime.

Things HR can encourage employees to do

  • Encourage staff to ask for help before they burn out so their manager can assist with prioritising or delegating tasks.
  • Encourage staff to leave work at the office door so they can recharge. Perhaps organise group walks or yoga classes in the evenings to help employees clear their mind.
  • Encourage staff to not bring their phones or laptops to bed. This can help ensure they get a restful night’s sleep and wake up refreshed.

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