As a company, Mark James Complete Building Services have been supporting the recent ‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ campaign. We also recognise that mental health issues and fatigue can sometimes come hand-in-hand, and this is something we are focused to support our employees with.
We launched our campaign with an online survey, which was sent via email to all our employees with 10 short questions about fatigue, how they sleep, how many hours they work and health implications. We had a 60% response rate from the workforce, and all of their responses were anonymous. 53% of the respondents said they have had periods where they did feel tired, anxious or depressed, and the majority of these had less than six hours’ sleep a night.
To further support the workforce, we have been displaying company posters around the office and on site about the importance of sleep, the implications of too little sleep, and how we as a company are there to support our employees with this. We are displaying useful contacts and positive well being messages.
As a large percentage of our employees said they didn’t have the recommended amount of sleep per night, we also put together a bespoke ‘Good Night’s Sleep’ pack to distribute to encourage and provide resources for them to take steps to support their own physical and mental health as well. The packs include a lavender spray for pillows, earplugs, sleep-promoting tea blends and a quick guide to free smartphone apps for meditation, sleep trackers and mental health support as well as useful contact numbers, should they feel they need more support outside of the company.