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Rest up! Daylight saving time could haunt you come Monday

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Nicole Rodeghiero of Accountemps.
Nicole Rodeghiero of Accountemps. - ()

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:

  1. Have open dialogue with your employees. Get to the root of drowsiness. If the fatigue is a result of large workloads or pressing deadlines, consider bringing in extra help.
  2. Read the room. There are never enough hours in the day; try to be understanding when employees are tired and put measures in place to help ease drowsiness.
  3. Encourage staff to take their scheduled breaks. When workloads increase, many employees choose to power through and skip breaks. But being overworked can lead to costly mistakes — 29 percent of respondents said that they’ve made more mistakes if they’re tired.
  4. Lead by example. If you take the time to rest and recharge and make getting enough sleep a priority, staff will likely follow suit.
  5. Offer a more flexible schedule. This will help alleviate long and costly commutes. Bringing temporary staff on board may cut down on working after hours. Reorganizing current priorities may lead to more manageable workloads.

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.

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