Stress & Fatigue

How Stress impacts Sleep

Employers have an obligation under the workplace Health and Safety act 2011 to do what is reasonably practical to eliminate or minimise psychological hazards in the workplace.

Mental Stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year.

To your organisation, the impact of a psychological stress claim is real with typical time off work from a stress related disorder being 14.8 weeks compared to 5.3 weeks for all claims.

What are Psychological Hazards?

Two of the main psychological hazards can be classified as Workplace Stress and Fatigue, we are going to take a deeper look at things you can do to manage these key drivers for employee burnout.

  1. Workplace Stress:

The Worksafe QLD website has some fantastic tools for staff to get some real data on the level of stress at your workplace. Click here to access

Encourage switching off!!!!

Constant round the clock communication, facebook, twitter, email on smart phones etc etc etc Argghhhhh!

Workers never get time to not think about work, work mates, work information and this contributes to burnout. Provide alternative non-work outlets for participation in healthy practice. Thats why ping pong tables were introduced at the Google and Facebook, why not put one in, we’ve done it at some of our sites to replace the smoking area.

This year we are gathering a collective of manufacturing employees from Sth East QLD and summiting Mt Warning, a 5 hour return hike with our Get Back to Life program. Helping employees achieve something amazing!

Take a critical look at hours

Many workers now spend > 40 hours / week at ‘the office’, and a recent study shows these workers are 6 X more likely to develop symptoms of burnout. We see scary numbers from some production sites, we know this contributes to employee pain and injury!

If this is so, look at a number of options available to you as the employer:

What can you do?

  1. Suggest a work from home day every 2 weeks
  2. Encourage flexible hours where workers feel they have some control over their work
  3. Be absolutely clear about worker roles & responsibilities
  4. Spread the overtime across a number of employees

The under-challenged employee

Often forgotten, the employees holding down monotonous jobs with no real opportunity for personal development. Eg: Administrative roles and services staff.

What can you do?

  • Offer opportunities to contribute to the management plans
  • Opportunities for further training and development
  • Involve in critical tasks
  • Participatory ergonomics – we often get employees to wear our real-time helmet to analyse tasks across the nation, a great way to get buy in to improved manual handling 

Celebrate Success

Working with the team at Dupont, one of the big factors contributing to team culture and stress onsite was the lack of worksites celebrating success. This was particularly poignant in the manufacturing industry and it remains important for workplaces to highlight success that occurs outside of the production spectrum.

Check out our Broad Wellness solution to do exactly this! Create genuine wellness leaders onsite celebrating success and achieving something amazing with our Get Back to Life Program.

What can you do?

  • Encourage team members to share stories of achievement in company newsletters or facebook sites
  • Provide opportunities outside of work hours for employees to achieve something
  • Safe & Healthy are now recruiting in Sth East QLD for the Get Back to Life program, summiting Mt Warning, finding a plane wreck from 1977 and swimming with sharks, then sharing these stories with fellow colleagues
  1. Fatigue:

Almost 40% of adult Australians suffer from some form of inadequate sleep. This leads to a recent report The typical Australian worker takes 6 days sick leave per year, a sleepy Australian worker takes 12 (Asleep on the job report, 2017)

There are numerous reasons why workers are tired on the job and this is a major risk factor for employee burnout.

  • Poor rostering
  • Long commutes
  • Sleep Pathology
  • New parents
  • Shift Work
  • Etc

The best thing you can do is educate your workforce on how they can improve their sleep health and how they can access free sleep tests with their local GPs. This can start with as little as $29 per employee and 20 minutes with our online Sleep Health session 

We look forward to improving the health of your employees and reducing the risk of injury by addressing this high risk factor.

Regards

Safe & Healthy

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