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Fatigue is a common issue that affects many individuals in the workplace. It is characterised by an overwhelming feeling of tiredness, lack of energy and feelings of exhaustion that can impact both physical and mental well-being and cognitive functioning.

Spotting the signs of fatigue in yourself or your colleagues can be challenging, but there are some common indicators to look out for. Seven signs you can look out for include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Physical tiredness or weakness
  • Drowsiness or nodding off
  • Difficulty maintaining a consistent pace or level of work

What causes fatigue?

There are a variety of causes of fatigue in the workplace, including:

  • Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Poor nutrition or dehydration
  • Physical exertion or overworking
  • Long hours or shift work
  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Chronic illness or medication side effects

Fatigue can have a serious impact on both an individual’s personal life and their work performance. It can lead to an increased risk of accidents, decreased productivity, and an overall lower quality of work. In some cases, it can also contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

To manage fatigue in the workplace, it is important to identify the underlying cause and address it directly. This may involve seeking help from a healthcare professional, making lifestyle changes, or finding ways to better manage stress and workload.

Being awake for 17 hours is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05.

Being awake for 20 hours is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.1.

Strategies for Managing Fatigue

Simple strategies that can help manage fatigue in the workplace include:

  • Prioritizing sleep and developing a consistent sleep schedule
  • Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated
  • Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine
  • Finding ways to manage stress, such as through meditation or therapy
  • Taking regular breaks and stretching throughout the day
  • Limiting exposure to blue light from electronic devices before bedtime
  • Considering a flexible work schedule or a change in work hours if shift work is the cause

It’s important to note that managing fatigue is a personal journey and different strategies may work better for different people. Remember, a healthy and well-rested employee is a more productive employee.

In conclusion, fatigue is a common issue in the workplace that can have serious consequences. By being aware of the signs and causes of fatigue, and taking steps to manage it, individuals can improve their physical and mental well-being and boost their productivity.

Want to learn more about managing fatigue in the workplace environment?

Have a chat to us about our KINNECT Fatigue Management workshops. Delivered by a KINNECT Allied Health Professional you can learn more about the causes of fatigue, it’s affect on the body, tips to manage stress and improve your sleep and wellbeing.


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