Organisations who have employees working shifts and long hours need to consider appropriate fatigue management strategies. Workers also need to be aware of the effects that frequent travelling and long work hours can have on their mental and physical health. Being fatigued means that a worker is mentally or physically exhausted. Fatigue makes it hard to perform work safely and well.
This module explores worker fatigue through the desire to make additional money by working longer hours and taking on extra shifts. It covers the issues of working day and night shifts and the disruptive effects on sleep.
The module explains the difference between tiredness and fatigue symptoms. Fatigue is a complex issue with a variety of symptoms including feeling weary or weak, lacking motivation, having issues with memory and productivity, having no interest in social situations and all of these can develop into depression.