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June 22, 2010

SMG SAFETY ADVISOR: Considering Extended Workdays?

smg_logoCompanies that use extended hours often report improvements in morale and job satisfaction. The additional time off can give employees a chance to feel more rested and take some of the "edge" off of work-related stress. However, there are also downsides.

Having more days off may reduce worker familiarity with normal procedures. The fatigue associated with longer workdays can reduce alertness. (For example, one recent study showed successive 12-hour shifts for U.S. hospital nurses left many with sleep deprivation.) The work safety experts at Safety Management Group believe that while extended workdays are not inherently more hazardous, several aspects should be considered before making a decision to extend workdays. Read more here.

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