It’s Time for a Wake-Up Call

By Rowena March 10, 2016 at 7:35pm

Most professionals say they’re often tired on the job, and admit their work performance can suffer for it. See the infographic for survey results.

It’s Time for a Wake-Up Call

7 in 10 Workers Admit They’re Tired on the Job

We asked professionals for their thoughts on working while tired.

The ramifications can be costly, as these statistics show.

WORKING WHILE TIRED HAPPENS TO MOST PROFESSIONALS

How often do you work while tired?

43% Somewhat Often
31% Very Often
25% Not Very Often
1% Never
77% of men
71% of women
86% of 18-34 year olds
71% of 35-54 year olds
50% of age 55+

… said they often work while tired.

WHEN PROFESSIONALS ARE TIRED ON THE JOB, WORK SUFFERS

How does working while tired affect your work performance?*

52% I can’t focus/get distracted
47% I procrastinate more
38% I’m grumpy/grouchy
29% I make more mistakes
16% It doesn’t affect me
1% Other

Lack of sleep costs U.S. companies $63 billion in lost productivity each year.1

Professionals admitted to or heard of others making these mistakes at work while being tired

Ordered 500 more computers than were needed
Missed a decimal point on an estimated payment and the client overpaid by $1 million
Accidentally paid everyone twice
Deleted a project that took 1,000 hours to put together
Exposed executive compensation to the entire firm

MORE THAN HALF OF WORKERS WOULD WELCOME CATCHING SOME Z’s ON THE JOB

If your office had a nap room, would you take advantage of it?

55% Yes
31% No
2% Already have a nap room and use it
2% Have a nap room and don’t use it

SOME SAY ‘NO’ TO WORKPLACE NAPPING

Why would you not use a nap room or take naps at work?**

46% Might make me sleepier
35% Don’t want to be perceived as a slacker
34% Worry about getting work done
16% Other (e.g., can’t sleep in public, never take naps, hard to sleep during the day)

accountemps.com

1Insomnia and Performance of US Workers: http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstact.aspx?pid=28247

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 workers in the United States

* Multiple responses were permitted

** Based on 337 respondents who would not use a nap room or take naps at work. Multiple responses were permitted.

© 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

Most professionals say they’re often tired on the job, and admit their work performance can suffer for it. See the infographic for survey results.

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