Waking Up: The Real Risks of Fatigue in the Workplace

The Conference Board of Canada, June 18, 2015
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Virtually every employee experiences some level of fatigue on the job from time to time. However, many individuals believe that they can adapt to chronic sleep loss or that a single, extended sleep episode will compensate for it. This is not the case. Excessive fatigue, and the resulting decrease in alertness, can negatively impact an employee's reaction time and lead to reduced vigilance, reduced decision-making ability, poor judgment, distraction during complex tasks, and loss of awareness in critical situations. Excessive fatigue can also hamper an employee's health and reduce his or her productivity at work.

Employers are becoming increasingly aware of, and concerned about, the direct costs and risks of fatigue in the workplace. In response, the Conference Board's Health and Safety Leadership Centre has undertaken a research study which examines some of the strategies and leading practices currently in place in Canadian organizations to manage fatigue in the workplace. The research also put a particular focus on strategies and practices that are in place to manage more complex work situations including, for example, remote work sites, extensive shift work, and safety-sensitive industries.

Webinar Highlights

During this webinar, Louise Chénier will discuss these research findings, and what employers can do to reduce and manage the risks associated with fatigue in the workplace. In this 60 minute session, Louise will cover such topics as:

  • What is the difference between fatigue and sleepiness?
  • What is the impact of fatigue on employees and the organization?
  • What are some effective policies and practices employers have applied to mitigate the risk of fatigue in their organizations?

About Louise

Louise Chénier is a Manager of Workplace Health and Wellness Research, with The Conference Board of Canada. Louise is also the Network Manager for the Council on Workplace Health and Wellness - an exclusive network of organizational health management leaders from private and public sector organizations across Canada. Since she joined the Conference Board seven years ago, Louise has participated in research on strategic human resources management, employee health, wellness, and safety, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has recently completed a research project on disability management in the workplace.

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