Fatigue Cited as Cause of Many Workplace Mistakes

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-19-2015 Email

Technology has helped create today's state of 24/7, always-on status among workers. And the non-stop connectivity and demands appear to be taking a toll: Nearly one-half of U.S. professionals said constant fatigue is distracting them from doing their jobs, according to a recent survey from Red Bull and Glassdoor. A great deal of employees said this is causing them to make mistakes, some of which are somewhat funny (coming to the office with mismatched shoes) and others that most certainly are not (missing deadlines and failing to show up at meetings). The situation has grown so pervasive that it's considered a bigger productivity distraction than social media. "It's clear that fatigue at work can impact productivity and efficiency, and this is something both employees and employers need to be aware of and address," said Scott Dobroski, a community expert with Glassdoor. "This is a wake-up call for employers to review and assess how to keep their employees engaged throughout the day and make appropriate changes." Nearly 550 U.S. professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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