An Epidemic in the Workplace—Tiredness

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of U.S. workers say they work while tired, with nearly one-third (31%) saying they do so very often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps.

Eighty-six percent of professionals between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to being sleepy at work often, compared to 71% of workers ages 35 to 54 and only 50% of respondents ages 55 and older. Slightly more men (77%) than women (71%) said they often work while tired.

Fifty-five percent of workers said they would use a nap room if their employer offered one. Two percent said their employer already provides a nap room and they take advantage of it.

One-third (33%) of workers who said they would not take advantage of a nap room cited the following reasons: It might make them sleepier (46%), they don’t want to be perceived as a slacker (35%), and they worry about not getting their work done (34%).

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