The Effects of Worker Fatigue

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Fatigue is often linked to individual burnout whereby a person experiences a loss of motivation or incentive to carry out their day to day tasks due to feelings of stress and depression.

In fact, long working hours have been identified as the most significant contributor to poor mental health within the UK construction industry. Therefore, a fatigued individual could be suffering from further problems. In these cases, taking steps to manage fatigue could also lead to an improvement in a person’s overall wellbeing.

In addition, fatigue can also negatively affect an organisation. It can lead to poor work performance, reduced productivity, slower progress and delays. Tackling fatigue not only benefits the individual concerned but it can also have a positive impact on the organisation’s performance through reducing absenteeism and presenteeism (where individuals put aside both physical and mental health problems to attend work), decreasing lost-time incidents, reducing the risk of accidents and improving workplace efficiency.