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Worker Fatigue Costing Employers Billions in Lost Productivity

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American employers are losing billions of dollars in reduced productivity from workers battling issues related to fatigue, according to a study published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Almost 40 percent of workers in a study of nearly 29,000 individuals suffered from fatigue, which contributed to varying levels of reduced health and emotional well-being. The study looked at the effects of employees missing work, as well as days when they came to work but performed at a lower capacity, known as presenteeism.

The rate of lost productivity for all health-related reasons was much higher for workers with fatigue issues (66 percent) compared to those without fatigue (26 percent). Correspondingly, fatigue issues are responsible for estimated costs of more than $136 billion per year in health-related lost productivity for employers each year, which is nearly twice the estimate for workers without fatigue.

Eighty-four percent of those costs came from lower performance at work rather than actual days missed. The study revealed higher incidence of fatigue in men than women; those under age 50; and white compared to African American. Workers with higher-paying jobs that involve decision-making also showed higher rates of fatigue.

To learn more about how Saint Francis Medical Center can help reduce fatigue among your workforce, call Chad Clippard, referral services manager, at 573-331-3019.