There are many benefits associated with working overtime, including keeping the boss happy, the satisfaction of finishing a project, and the most obvious, overtime pay. However, working longer hours can result in fatigue, as well as have adverse mental and physical effects. This can mean a decrease in worksite safety.
Follow these tips to ensure that you’re working overtime safely:
Studies show that dehydration can impair thinking. Stay alert and keep cool by drinking plenty of water.
Take a Walk
Taking a quick break and walk. A simple 20-minute walk can get the blood pumping to boost energy levels and combat fatigue.
Don’t eat big, heavy meals, which can make you feel sleepy as your body digests them. Instead have plenty of small, healthy snacks throughout your shift to boost your energy and alertness.
Keep Your Brain Awake
Stay alert by engaging your brain: have a conversation with a co-worker while you finish a task, or sing along with the radio.
Ask for Help
If you’re simply too exhausted (mentally or physically) to continue with overtime, speak to your supervisor. Being overly tired on the worksite can result in a decreased level of alertness and reduced workplace safety.