While the general consensus is that to “spring ahead” is a good thing — the nice weather is coming and we get an extra hour of daylight each day — there is an asterisk if you work in an office setting.
The catch: After we change the clocks for daylight saving time this weekend, you are likely going to be exhausted come Monday morning.
Daylight saving time is just one of many reasons why workers are dragging in the office — according to a recent survey conducted by Accountemps, 74 percent of workers said they are tired on the job. Even worse, the drowsiness tends to impact the younger workers — 86 percent of professionals between 18 and 34 admitted they are sleepy on the job.
It might seem more prevalent with daylight saving time, but the trend is alarming. A well-rested workforce is a more productive workforce, so, if you are a manager, what can you do to help?
Try implementing these five best practices:
Changing the clocks always leads to some interesting and entertaining watercooler talk in the office. While daylight saving time is just one of many events throughout the year that lead to exhaustion, the working-while-tired issue is something that is not going away.
If companies and managers fail to take action, it can lead to bigger problems such as burnout, turnover and an overall negative corporate culture. Not to mention the immediate pain of costly mistakes being made, lost sales and decreasing productivity.
Now that we are about to “spring ahead,” how will you handle your groggy workforce?
Nicole Rodeghiero is branch manager for Accountemps in Princeton.