More than just feelings of general tiredness, work fatigue is a very real risk for millions of workers across a range of industries. Understood as a state of physical and mental exhaustion, scientists are still not certain what causes work fatigue, but we do know how it can negatively impact our professional and personal lives.
Today, Americans work an average of 47.7 hours a week, compared to 37.5 hours back in 1976. Many of us work in demanding or chaotic environments that expect our full attention and leaves very little room for mistakes. What we are left with is 33% of people feeling anxiety or nervousness, 34% experiencing stress related headaches, and 46% struggling to sleep at night. Building a successful career can’t come at the expense of our physical and mental wellness – combatting work fatigue begins and ends with mindfulness, self-care, and fair prioritizing.
This infographic goes into more detail on how to recognize symptoms of work fatigue, it’s long and short-term impacts, and how to avoid it in the future through healthy habits and coping skills.