Fatigue management in the workplace

Fatigue management is a vital area that businesses need to manage. Its importance must be highlighted as it is not often recognised. Fatigue can be a major source of stress among employees and fatigue can significantly affect an employee’s capacity to function. It can affect an employee’s performance, productivity and has detrimental effects on an employee’s mental health. In addition, it increases the potential for workplace injuries to occur.
What is Fatigue?
Fatigue is an acute and/or ongoing state of tiredness that leads to mental or physical exhaustion and prevents people from functioning within normal boundaries. Working long hours with intense mental or physical effort or during some or all of the natural time for sleep, can cause fatigue. All of these have obvious implications for workplace and public safety. Fatigue can also have long-term effects on health.

Why Fatigue is important to manage?
Fatigue can have catastrophic impacts, especially at work. In environments where alertness is necessary, safety can be compromised due to errors, increasing the propensity for accidents and having staff suffer worse injuries. This is especially true for vocations where skill and alertness are important. Machine operators, vehicle operators, work demanding high levels of concentration or working odd shifts or times, are some examples of why fatigue management is necessary.
Its effect can be far-reaching, but there may also be short-term impacts. Some long term impacts may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Heart problems
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes

Fatigue Management
There must be a conscious effort to manage fatigue. Companies have a responsibility to their staff to ensure that they don’t cause or act in ways that cause fatigue. While fatigue affects a person’s health, increases the occurrence of workplace injuries, and reduces performance and productivity within the workplace, it can also adversely impact families.
The Factors Contributing To Fatigue

  • The mental and physical demands of work
  • Work scheduling and planning
  • Working time
  • Environmental conditions
  • Personal factors

Causes of Fatigue
Below is a sample list of what causes fatigue.

Risk-Assessment Methods
The following are examples of risk-assessment methods:

  • Consulting workers on workloads and schedules – ask if they are having or have experienced work-related fatigue
  • Analysing an audit of working hours and ensure this includes comparing planned working hours with hours actually worked. Where appropriate, related issues to consider in the audit may include work-related travel and work completed outside of normal hours (e.g. when people take work home)

In an organisation, employees are our most valuable assets. Therefore, we must ensure that their health and safety is managed. Fatigue cannot be cured, however there are steps in place to prevent it. A risk management approach to fatigue not only prevents fatigue but helps managers and employees better understand it. Educating and training employees about fatigue and the risks associated with them is essential.
At KALTech Group we have solutions to assist with the effective management of fatigue. Talk to us about our HCM and OH&S solutions to experience the KALTech Difference!
During this festive season we all get some well-deserved time off to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. These breaks whilst exciting, are essential in ensuring we have time to rest and relax, thereby also contributing to the management of fatigue.

KALES Consultant

This entry was posted on December 20th, 2016.

New Fiori Style Homepage

As SuccessFactors continues to evolve, enhancements to the UX are released and made available to SuccessFactors instances globally. One of the most visible pages is the home page. This is the default ‘dashboard’ that customers will see when they login to SuccessFactors, although the default page can be changed to better suit a user’s requirement.
Being a page of such high visibility it is great that the new Fiori style template can be used to enhance the user experience of the homepage. It’s a design that mimics the windows 8 and 10 ‘metro’ user interface. Something that many users will be familiar with. It replaces the old tile based design (pictured below).
An example of the standard SFSF homepage

An example of the standard SFSF homepage

The new Fiori style homepage

The new Fiori style homepage

Like the standard homepage, tiles can be moved by the user to customise the position and accessibility of the homepage. A new ‘personalize homepage’ option has been added to the menu and only displays when the user is on the home page. This allows the user to have greater control over their home page. Everything is customised via a drag and drop menu making it easy for users to personalise their experience without any formal training. Easy to use interfaces usually drive up user adoption so this is a positive aspect. Users can also pin or unpin tiles to their home page – essentially turning them on or off as desired.
Users can pin and unpin tiles to personalise their home page experience

Users can pin and unpin tiles to personalise their home page experience

As normal, an administrator can add custom tiles and personalise the default layout for users. Just as before an editor function is still provided so companies like KALTech who are skilled in HTML can make these tiles completely unique to every customer with the addition of youtube videos, pictures, links, colour schemes and more. Would you like your employees to have a link on their home page to company policies or portals? This is easily achieved now.
The ‘Manage Home Page’ screen enables admins to customise the content of the home page for the company.

The ‘Manage Home Page’ screen enables admins to customise the content of the home page for the company.

This new ‘Manage Home Page’ user interface makes things simpler for admins and consultants.
Overall I feel the new Fiorised home page is a definite improvement. However there are some downsides to the new look. For example, to click on a link on the old homepage it was just one simple click. Now you need to first click on the links tile and then click the appropriate link. I also believe there is a little more wasted space as the ‘ToDo’ section takes up space especially when only a single tile is being utilised. These are minor issues to me and I feel that the new look is still better over the old look and feel. This new home page is also much easier to edit and change.
The Fiori look is also starting to be utilised in other modules. Eventually the entire SuccessFactors UI will become unified providing even easier adoption by users. This is something I certainly am looking forward to.
What do you think about the new look and feel? Leave a comment below on your thoughts and experience.
SuccessFactors Consultant

This entry was posted on December 9th, 2016.