Employee productivity is a crucial business aspect that affects your company’s long-term and short-term goals. Yes, there are a lot of factors that can affect an employee’s output. But do you know that chronic fatigue is one of the silent killers of productivity in the workplace?

According to a study by Rosekind et al. (2010) focusing on 4188 participants., sleep deprivation and other disturbances causes the following behaviours:

  • Low Energy – Chronically fatigued employees are less enthusiastic about their work, doing less and less work than they’re supposed to do.  As a result, deliverables are not met.
  • Absenteeism and Tardiness – Sleep deprived workers are more likely to not show up at work on time, or not at all.
  • Lack of Focus – Research shows that employees who lack sleep aren’t that focused on their work  than those well-slept individuals. This will translate into subpar work or failure to submit on time.
  • Irritability –  Sleep deprived employees are also moody, which can cause tension when interacting with their colleagues.


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If you’re a business owner, you would want your employees to get more things done. If you’re a manager, it’s your responsibility to monitor your team’s performance and address any issues that affect your productivity. Or if you’re an employee and you’re aware that you haven’t been performing well lately due to chronic fatigue, it’s time to take a break.

As a preventive measure, applying these tips might help make the office more conducive to work even for those sleep deprived ones:

  1. Minimise the noise.
  2. Make the office’s colour scheme eye-friendly.
  3. Maintain a comfortable temperature.
  4. Limit the number of team brainstorming activities and meetings.
  5. Give more leeway to  your schedule for leaves and flexi-hours.

The takeaway, though, is to promote proper sleep in the workplace. Organise physical activities (e.g., running sessions, yoga) after shift because these can help employees improve their fitness level and get better sleep. Spot those chronically fatigued employees and talk to them, understanding their situation and suggesting ways for them to improve their sleeping habits. Lastly, it’s best to send an email or call 0426 866 354 to talk to a fatigue expert to get expert help on these matters.