Fatigue Management - The perils of working too hard.
How many times has your lunch break been quickly eating a sandwich as you drive to the next job?
Like us, any one who has actually worked alone, out and about getting it done will know that slacking off is not the big problem, it is working too hard and never taking your breaks.
It is working that you enjoy, not eating lunch or having a luke warm coffee from your thermos in the work truck by yourself, so the sooner your break is over the better. That is if you take time to stop at all.
While there might be the odd one of your team who slacks off, it is fatigue that is the real issue for your team of lone workers and why you might need to monitor them.
Not only is fatigue a major health and safety issue, there are plenty of research papers published on how unproductive fatigued staff are, not to mention the negative effects on their personal life.
Working alone is certainly different to the office. Sure you don’t have your boss looking over your shoulder making sure you are on task, but a lot of people over look the fact you also don’t have the squeaky wheel of the tea trolley to let you know it is time for a break.
At GetHomeSafe our take on fatigue management for lone workers is that anything that can be done to encourage staff to take their breaks should be done.
One of the most popular features of GetHomeSafe for lone workers has been our recurring safety check-in and one of the unforeseen benefits of it has been the fatigue management that it prompts staff to take a break.
The 10 seconds it takes staff to stop what they are doing, open their phone and check-in, add a note to confirm everything is Ok is enough of an interruption for staff to think about taking their breaks, especially if you set your check-in times to coincide with break times.
Lets be honest, checking in is the excuses they needed to have a look at their phones and the temptation to check every other notification on there morphs into a break, but it all helpsJ