The global pandemic has been difficult to manage. Stress, anxiety, and depression have led to lack of sleep, which in turn can lead to increased risk of workplace injuries. Most of us recognize that poor sleep makes for a long day. It’s hard to focus and all you can think about is how tired you are.
Lack of Sleep Increases Workplace Injury Rates
Researchers concluded in a 2019 study that 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to sleep problems. Those who work long days, 12 hours or more, have a 37% increased risk of injury.
That’s a big deal, considering that with many of us working from home, we’re more likely to work longer on less sleep. Reaction time is slower, and miscommunications can abound, all from a lack of sleep.
Add in COVID-19. Working from home also means remote learning for students, less social interaction with family members and peers, and more screen time (when we already spend a lot of time staring at screens). Without typical outlets for stress relief, burnout becomes a real possibility.
What can employers do to help?
While it would be nice to offer naptime during the workday, that’s pretty unlikely in the U.S. Instead, employers can monitor working hours of their staff and ensure they’re not working unnecessary overtime. Allowing them to take a longer lunch hour or more days off to rest can also be beneficial. Employers must recognize that tired employees can make mistakes, which only increases the risk of injury.
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