Monday, January 12, 2015

Dangers of a Sleep Deprived Workforce

Two-thirds of Americans admit they are not getting enough sleep during the week. According to Circadian, sleep deprivation is a societal epidemic spanning across all countries and economic statuses. Unfortunately, this issue is often overlooked by organizations that are unaware of the affects sleep deprivation can have on a workforce, including decreased productivity and an increased risk of incidents which cost companies billions of dollars each year. In an effort to combat these issues and help employers recognize the signs of sleep deprivation and fatigue, Circadian released the 10 Dangers of a Sleep Deprived Workforce.

Dangers of having a sleep deprived workforce include:

  • decreased communication;
  • performance deteriorations;
  • increased risk of becoming distracted;
  • driving Impairments;
  • increased number of errors;
  • poor cognitive assimilation and memory;
  • poor mood appropriate behavior;
  • greater risk taking behavior;
  • inability to make necessary adjustments; and
  • effects of sleep deprivation compound across nights.
By knowing the dangers, managers can begin to monitor, manage and mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation. For more information, click here.