A productive workplace is crucial to business success. It doesn't matter if you are a simple operator, assistant or the CEO, everyone plays a part in getting your company to reach its goals each month.

Tired employees, no matter how much you try to motivate them. They are exhausted.

They can be underproductive and even dangerous in critical situations causing harm to themselves and others through impaired judgment and reduced capacity to perform their work. Workers who are fatigued may have a slower reaction time or be unable to make good decisions. Fatigue can also lower the immune system, leading to illness.

“Leaders that can spot those fatigued workers can address the issue before it gets out of hand.”

We leave some key warning signs that can help leaders to identify those workers.

5 warning signs of employee fatigue

  1. Unusual emotion — Be aware of employees acting out of character, such as showing emotional distress, moodiness or having a bad attitude in the workplace.
  2. Consistent lateness — Some employees will run late in every aspect of their lives out of bad habit. However, if a normally punctual employee arrives late to work every morning, it can indicate poor work-life balance.
  3. A cluttered workspace — Pay attention to employees’ desks and workstations. While some people prefer a more chaotic environment, a messy workspace can be a symptom of overwork.
  4. Forgetfulness and disregard for the team at large — Ongoing forgetfulness can affect an entire team. It can waste other employees’ time and hinder their performance. It can also be a sign that the employee in question has too many things to think about and isn’t on top of their workload.
  5. Productivity dips despite longer hours — The more hours you work, the less you get done. Productivity often decreases the longer employees spend at work.

Those signs are more likely to be experienced by workers that:

  • undertake shift work;
  • have excessive working hours, e.g. 10–12 hours per day or more than 50 hours per week;
  • have significant demands outside the workplace, e.g. family or carer’s responsibilities; or
  • have an illness or injury;
  • have sleep difficulties.

Other external signs that can help to identify fatigued workers are:

  • excessive yawning;
  • red eyes;
  • irritability;
  • lack of focus;
  • slow response times;
  • poor work performance; and
  • workers taking microsleeps (short periods of sleep lasting 4–5 seconds).

Ultimately, what should you do if a worker is fatigued?

In the first place, try to identify potentially fatigued employees or habits that lead to it and prevent workers from extreme fatigue or even burnout. Here Performetric software, can help you to identified and prevent, mental fatigue in your workplace. Thought machine learning in real-time analyses of the user interaction patterns with the computer.

As a leader, if you identify potentially fatigued employees, ask them about their workloads and make the necessary adjustments. If necessary, consider suggesting a time off.

“Investing in workforce management software can eliminate overscheduling employees to prevent workplace fatigue, and protect both employees and the business’s bottom line by notifying managers when employees have worked too many hours or not had a long enough break between shifts.”