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Would You Condone Workers Drinking Vodka Before Work? If Not, Make Fatigue Management a Priority!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

I am doing research on Shift Work and Fatigue this week so that I can do some updates on my Workplace Wellness and Safety Workshops.  I think it is pretty vital to keep the info in my workshops very current.


Whenever I dive into the world of fatigue I am strongly reminded just how crucial this topic is.  Accidents are happening due to fatigue.  A lot of accidents are happening.


Many people don’t realize that fatigue is impairment.  Experiencing fatigued is the same as being impaired.  Research shows that the symptoms and effects of fatigue are exactly the same as impairment through other avenues like alcohol.   Many workers are fatigued regularly, especially shift workers.  When I am running a workshop for anyone (shift workers, office workers etc.) and read them the list of fatigue symptoms, at least half of them will say that they have been fatigued in the last week!  This happens every single time I ask.  About a quarter of participants normally say that they are fatigued at that moment!  This isn’t just shift workers, this is office workers as well!  These answers are concerning to me.  This much fatigue within workplaces is both dangerous and terrible for productivity!


What can be done?


Work/Life Balance as a Recruitment Strategy

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I heard an ad on the radio yesterday that made me smile.  It was a recruitment ad for a construction company in Nisku, Alberta.  The main focus was Work/Life Balance.  If you work there you will be able to go home at the end of every day instead of working out of town.  You will also be able to spend time with your family and friends and have time for your hobbies.  It even mentioned finishing those home renovations that you started back in 2005.  Pretty realistic!


Retention of Employees and Workplace Wellness – Linked?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Of course!  If employees feel like their well-being is important where they work, and they are being invested in, they will be much more likely to stay.  They are also going to talk about how much they like where they work, and that may help with employee attraction.


Some examples that I have come across in the years I have been in the field of Corporate Wellness:


-An employee telling me that they loved working for the Oil Sands mine that they worked at, when they won a massage at work, after participating in a Wellness Initiative that I had implemented.


-A group of accountants I worked with brought me in to talk about dealing well with stress just before tax season.  They said they felt understood and that their company cared about their stress levels.


-I ran a Wellness Day for a company and I could tell by all the happy faces, and everyone working together and focusing on their wellness, that they were seeing their workplace in a whole new light.