Fatigue refers to either a mental or physical exhaustion that prevents a person from being to function properly. Fatigue poses a workplace hazard, even though it may be a result of factors not necessarily related to work. Company employees and management need to work together in order to reduce the impact of fatigue at work.
Maintaining sufficient levels of sleep help prevent fatigue. Only sleep can cure the effects of fatigue.
Usually, fatigue is caused by inadequate sleep, working out of sync with the natural body clock, and extreme mental or physical exertions. A number of personal and work factors also contribute to stress including; work schedule or time, mentally or physically strenuous workload, work environment, lifestyle, health and family responsibilities.
Both the company and employees can do something to relieve fatigue at work.
The company should manage the work environment and minimize the factors, which contribute to fatigue. They should make sure that the employees understand the need to manage the risk of fatigue and how to minimize them. They should encourage employees to deal with fatigue-contributing factors that are not related to work.
In order to avoid fatigue, employees can vary their work tasks in order to stay alert. They should take regular breaks and tell their managers if they are feeling fatigued, whether related to work or otherwise.
Outside of work, employees can also reduce the risk of fatigue by getting enough sleep. The quality of sleep can be improved by making a routine. Draw the curtains so the room is dark, make the room cool and comfortable. Eat and drink wisely. Eat nutritious meals, drink lots of water and reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. Consult a doctor and get treated for sleeping disorders.
Getting enough sleep, having a healthy diet and lifestyle all contribute to reducing the risk of experiencing fatigue. Inadequate sleep and poor health lead to fatigue, which can cause hazards in the workplace.