Extreme tiredness is on the increase

Extreme worker tiredness could be on the increase, with people struggling to meet evolving job and operational demands at a time when needs for rest have remained the same. This is a point considered by Chartered Psychologist Professor Craig Jackson from Birmingham City University, who looked at fatigue in employment in the form of causes, recognition and assessment. 

The study - which has come from Croner-i Health, Safety and Environment - pointed to a sleep-deprived society where commuter times may be escalating as a result of a congested transport system.

Professor Jackson noted fatigue needs to be viewed as an issue that impinges on workers equally, regardless of age or sex, but observed the condition might affect employees deemed psychologically vulnerable to a greater degree.

He explained these individuals can be described as those "of certain personality types associated with anxiety, a need for control - and those who are pessimistic, those with ongoing physical health problems or those with a history of mental health distress".

The research suggested organisations need to do all they can in order to minimise the risk of staff members suffering from fatigue and the negative effects associated with it.