Employee fatigue is a growing problem in the work environment, affecting over one third of working adults. On average, one sleep deprived worker can cost an employer six productive workdays in a year and tired employees are more likely to be injured at work. These statistics are frightening, but there are ways employers can help to minimize employee fatigue.

Food Choices

The type and amount of food consumed has a lot to do with energy level. Having healthy food options for your employees can increase their awareness and motivation. Provide plenty of water and high protein snacks for your employees. Try to limit the amount of sugar in company-provided snacks. Sugar may provide short time energy, but it will end in a crash that will only increase employee fatigue.

Reasonable Hours

Requiring more hours for employees doesn’t guarantee increased productivity. In fact, working more hours a week leads to more injury due to fatigue. To decrease employee fatigue, make sure you aren’t asking too much of your employees. Try to keep employees working a reasonable amount so they can get the rest they need.

Decrease Stress

A little bit of stress can be a good thing, but too much is harmful. Employees with too much stress in their lives are more likely to struggle with sleep and to be fatigued. Encourage your employees to find ways to deal with stress. Promote exercise and meditation programs in your workplace. Take time to evaluate with your employees if they feel their workload is too much, and what you can do to help them.

Spread awareness about the impact of fatigue in the workplace, and the different ways to manage it.