fatigue management

A 5-post collection


A recent paper titled “It Is Time to Get Some Rest,” by Manel Baucells, a professor at UVA’s Darden School of Business, and Lin Zhao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing used insights from the pacing and race techniques used in Olympic Sports to suggest how employees working under different conditions can manage their breaks to maximize performance and hence avoid fatigue, burnout and other overwork associated problems. Mentally fatigued and overworked teams tend to experience greater probabilities of depression and physical health problems, lower life quality and satisfaction, and negative impacts on their family life. Work...

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Usually, you think of capital and P&L as the most valuable asset in your company and most often the only part your Board and Investors look at. In today’s economy that interest rates are at an incredible low, close to inflation,” According to Bain’s Macro Trends Group, the global supply of capital stands at nearly ten times global GDP. As a result of capital superabundance, global quantitative easing and relatively low demand for investments in R&D and capital projects, the after-tax cost of borrowing for many companies is at or near inflation, making the...

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When you are working at your daytime job, using a computer, your human biological systems require that you deal with the development of three kinds of cognitive (mental) fatigue: acute, cumulative and task-specific. Performetric monitors the combined, additive effects of these three types of cognitive fatigue. Acute cognitive fatigue builds up normally and unavoidably within one waking period of about 16 hours. It is happening to you as you read this post. Recovery from acute fatigue occurs as the result of one good-quality, nighttime sleep period of about eight hours. Cumulative cognitive fatigue builds up across major waking periods when...

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We just released the beta version of our WebApp for our individual users analyze their mental fatigue records and obtain some statistics. For those who want to improve their performance and avoid getting tired so often, you can subscribe to Performetric here....

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Fatigue management is usually associated with workers, and with workers in extended- and 24-hour operations. However this is not true of all, and increasingly we see the fatigue affecting managers, executives and even members of the company board. This occurs due to some factors such as the pressure due to economic reasons, or due to busy schedules. Some examples of this are documented in an article from The Wall Street Journal written by Leslie Kwoh, as the case of Lloyds Banking Group PLC chief António Horta-Osório. In late 2011, Lloyds Banking Group PLC chief António Horta-Osório took a two-month leave...

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