Labor Day Comes at Night for 24 Million Americans
LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four million Americans will not celebrate Labor Day with the rest of us on September 6 -- because they'll be asleep. They are the one in five American workers whose jobs require hours falling outside the "conventional" 9-5, Monday-Friday routine (working night, evening, long, irregular, or on-call shifts), and are among the fastest-growing divisions of the country's labor market. Extended hours of operation have been a reality since the advent of the light bulb. But according to CIRCADIAN, the leading experts in "extended hours operations," today's global 24/7 economy has sparked significant growth in the number of occupations to become part of a marketplace that doesn't sleep, including financial services, information technology, and others. And with that growth has come an increase in the attendant costs, risks, and liabilities of extended hours operations. Here are some things you may not have known about extended hours employees: * Excess costs due to the below, and other, issues affect the bottom line of extended hours organizations by $206 billion per year -- nearly $8,600 per employee * Absenteeism among this group is more than twice the U.S. average for all operations, and only one-third of those absences are due to sickness * Twenty-eight percent of extended hours workers hold second jobs * The cost of providing these workers with benefits is increasing, due to increased medical, and workers' compensation claims * The risk of heart attack increases threefold when a worker regularly performs consecutive shifts lasting 11 hours or more * The vast majority of employers of these workers provide no training to help them manage their unique lifestyle issues * Sixty percent of extended hours workers report feeling fatigued on the job several times per month, while almost half report actually nodding off on the job * Nearly 12% of these workers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a disorder that disturbs sleep, and also significantly increases risk for cardiovascular disease, depression, and workplace and auto accidents. Less than 5% of day-only workers have this disorder * Regular use of pain relievers, sleeping pills, alcohol, and other substances is significantly higher among this group "Significant financial opportunities exist for employers that consider Employee Assistance Programs, lifestyle trainings, additional Human Resources support, sleep apnea screening and treatment, modified scheduling options, ergonomics-based solutions, and others," said Betsy Connolly, CIRCADIAN's president. "The monetary return on these investments (from increased morale and productivity, and decreased absenteeism, turnover, and medical and workers' compensation claims) vastly outweighs the out-of-pocket expense for these initiatives." About CIRCADIAN: Circadian is the leading international research and consulting firm assisting companies with extended hours operations to improve profits by increasing productivity and reducing the increased costs, risks, and liabilities of human factors. CIRCADIAN's mission is to empower its clients to effectively use extended operations to compete in the global 24/7 economy. Extended hours operations encompass all work environments with irregular schedules, night and evening shifts, or extended hours, typically outside the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Since its incorporation by Dr. Martin Moore-Ede in 1983, more than half the Fortune 1000 has benefited by working with CIRCADIAN. For more information, visit http://www.circadian.com. Contact: Brian O'Neill (781) 676-6950 firstname.lastname@example.org
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