It’s time for a wake-up call! Nearly three-quarters (74%) of U.S. workers say they work while tired, with nearly one-third (31%) saying they do so very often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps.
Work may not be the only issue keeping people up at night, but it’s critical for managers to take action. “There is no upside to having an exhausted team at work,” said Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. “Talk to your employees individually to come up with solutions.”
Driscoll noted that these discussions can yield a number of ideas to help remedy the situation. “Offering a more flexible schedule may alleviate long and costly commutes. Bringing temporary staff on board may cut down on working after-hours. Reorganizing current priorities may lead to more manageable workloads.”
Driscoll added, “Failing to take action can lead to big problems such as burnout, turnover, and a negative corporate culture, along with lost sales and productivity.”
Accountemps offers managers the following tips for maintaining a well-rested staff:
- Manage workloads. Meet with employees regularly to evaluate what’s on their plates and set priorities and realistic expectations based on business needs. If there’s too much work to go around, consider bringing in temporary help to keep projects moving forward while relieving the burden on full-time staff.
- Encourage employees to take breaks. Some professionals might choose to forgo breaks to get their work done. But remind staff that a tired employee isn’t an effective or productive one—they need an occasional time-out to recharge.
- Consider making meaningful changes. Implementing flexible schedules and telecommuting options or providing rest areas in the building can make a big difference for workers.
- Lead by example. As a manager, employees take their cues from you, so set a good example. Take sporadic breaks, get away from your desk, and work normal business hours. Your staff will likely follow suit.
The infographic below highlights key findings on this survey. For more information, visit the Accountemps website.