3 Reasons to Address Worker Fatigue ASAP

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Worker fatigue may be an issue in your operation – whether you're aware of it or not.
One-third of workforce managers believe that fatigue is a moderate or severe problem among their workers.1
To some, fatigue might seem like a minor concern, yet it costs companies millions of dollars each year in excess costs, accidents and errors.
Here are three reasons to immediately address worker fatigue in your operation:
  1. Fatigued workers cost employers $136.4 billion annually in health-related lost productive time (absenteeism and presenteeism), almost 4x more costly than their non-fatigued counterparts.2
  2. Fatigued workers exhibit up to 4x the worker’s compensation costs as compared to non-fatigued workers (Figure 1).3Workers Compensation  Fatigue
  3. Studies have found that severe stress and fatigue problems reduce worker productivity by up to 10% (Figure 2).3

The Take-away

People don’t release smoke, grind gears, or have pieces fall off; but their equivalents – fatigue, error, injury, and ill health – do result in failure and breakdown."  - Dr. Martin Moore-Ede, The Twenty-Four-Hour Society

The Solution

Reduce the costs, risks, and liabilities of fatigue within your 24/7 operation by implementing a customized shift scheduling system that accounts for:

  • business goals

  • operational constraints

  • employee preferences

  • ergonomic (physiological and sociological) criteria

A one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges of 24/7 operations simply does not exist.

The "ideal" solution depends on many factors including the makeup of one's workforce (employee demographics), the nature of the work, local customs and culture, commuting issues, type of industry, corporate policies, state and federal laws, and much more.

FREE White Paper – Biocompatible Shift Scheduling

Download our FREE white paper, "Biocompatible Shift Scheduling", to learn from CIRCADIAN experts about the key components of best shift scheduling practices. Topics covered include:

  • Number of consecutive work days
  • Duration of shifts
  • Start/end of shift times
  • Fixed vs rotating schedules
  • Speed of rotation

WP-Biocompatible-Shift-SchedulingdownloadAbout CIRCADIAN

CIRCADIAN® is the global leader in providing 24/7 workforce performance and safety solutions for businesses that operate around the clock.  Through a unique combination of consulting expertise, research and technology, software tools and informative publications, CIRCADIAN helps organizations with traditional and/or extended operating hours optimize employee performance and reduce the inherent risks and costs of sleep deprivation and fatigue.



  1. CIRCADIAN (2007). Shiftwork Practices 2007.
  2. Ricci, J. A., Chee, E., Lorandeau, A. L., & Berger, J. (2007). Fatigue in the US workforce: prevalence and implications for lost productive work time. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 49(1), 1-10.
  3. CIRCADIAN (2005). Shiftwork Practices 2005.

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