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Nearly three-quarters of U.S. professionals work while tired, study finds

March 11, 2016

As Sunday marks Daylight Saving Time, professionals will lose another hour of sleep during tax season. However, according to a new survey from Accountemps, a Robert Half company, this lost hour will have no effect on an already tired workforce. Accountemps found that nearly three-quarters of U.S. workers work while they're tired, with one-third reporting they do so "very often."

Tiredness during work affected nearly the same amount of surveyed men (77%) as women (71%), with 86% of younger professionals aged 18-34 often feeling tired at work.

Accountemps asked respondents, "How does working while tired affect your work performance?" Their responses were thusly:

  • 52% - "I can't focus/Get distracted"
  • 47% - "I procrastinate more"
  • 38% - "I'm grumpy/grouchy"
  • 29% - "I make more mistakes"
  • 16% - "It doesn't affect me"
  • 1% - "Other"

The survey claims that lack of sleep costs U.S. companies $63 billion in lost productivity each year, citing a sleep study from

Seeking a solution, Accountemps polled survey-takers if they would utilize a nap room if their office had one. Their responses were thusly:

  • 55% - Yes
  • 31% - No
  • 2% - Have a nap room and use it
  • 2% - Have a nap room and don't use it

For the full report, head to Robert Half's site here. For more on Accountemps, head to their site here.

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