A new survey commissioned by Kronos Incorporated has revealed that employee fatigue causes energy organisations to lose an average of US$ 87 000 – 2.4 million a year, depending on company size. The survey also uncovers that working a 20 hour day or working 14 days in a row without a day off is more likely to cause fatigue than working mostly night shifts.
- The top influences of employee fatigue as found by the survey are as follows; 1. The number of hours worked per day 2. Number of consecutive days worked without more than 24 hours off 3. Total hours worked in a week 4. Working mostly nights.
- Survey respondents rank productivity losses, quality issues, and minor accidents as the top three impacts of employee fatigue on companies.
- Fatigue causes 10% of lost productivity and 12% of quality issues in the energy sector.
- Respondents who believe that their companies have effective internal fatigue guidelines, also believe that fatigue causes fewer production problems.
- Nearly 50% of the survey respondents consider the design of schedules to be a key element in a fatigue management effort.
Charlie DeWitt, VP of business development, Kronos said, ‘finding and producing energy is a 24/7 business, naturally leading to high employee fatigue levels and this survey confirms that the industry recognises the causes and impacts of fatigue.’
For the report information, frontline mangers, directors and C level executives across the energy industry comprising oil, gas, oil services and power sectors were surveyed. The survey represents view from companies with a total of approximately 350 000 employees.
Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd
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