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Fatigue At Work

“I am too tired to work”

“Over-tired from work”

“Urgh, I HATE Mondays!”





1.     Extreme exhaustion from mental or physical exertion or illness


1.     Cause (someone) exhaustion



Ever felt like you are dragging your feet to work because they aren’t ready for action? Or waking up in the morning feeling the urge to call in sick at the office just so you get more rest in bed? Do you sleep in the MRT or bus on the way to work just to get the extra minutes of sleep which you desperately need?


These may be due to Fatigue at the workplace!


Extreme tiredness from the workplace is a common workplace hazard that is every so often overlooked. We often have the thought that “It is okay to be tired from work, it shows my boss that I am working VERY hard”. Don’t be so kiasu can? It is not about who has more OT hours, it is about how productive you are. And with a fatigued mind and body? You can bid your productivity goodbye.


According to a survey by JobStreet on mental health, 60% Singaporean workers feel mental stress at the workplace and of those, 55% state that stress is the leading cause of negative mental health.


With reference to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the indicators of fatigue include weariness, feeling constantly lethargic and sleepy, lack of motivation to work, reduced awareness, attentiveness and memory, frequent headaches, depression and loss of appetite.


So what can you do to live with it?


·        Know your sleep, rest and recovery needs.

·        Consult a doctor should you have concerns regarding the quality of your sleep

·        Observe your level of alertness and concentration at work and watch for signs of fatigue in your colleagues

·        When communicating with your supervisor, discuss about fatigue management. (i.e.: short breaks for night shifts, exercise, stretching before starting shift)

·        Talk to your managers! Let them know if you foresee or experience being affected by fatigue which may lead to health and safety risks.

·       Monitor your level of fatigue after work and consider commuting comfortably home or have a hot shower to wash away those thoughts for the night.

Let’s work together to better work productivity by eliminating fatigue at work. By doing so, we can also reduce health and safety risks related to work!



- Amanda Tan / WSH (Asia) Marcomm Executive