Three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadian employees said they work while tired at least somewhat often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps.

The survey, which queried more than 550 office workers in Canada, found 31 per cent of respondents work while tired very often and 45 per cent do so somewhat often. Only one per cent of respondents said they never work while tired and the remaining 23 per cent said they don’t work while tired very often.

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“A good night’s rest has a tangible effect on quality of work — exhaustion often limits professionals’ ability to be focused, productive and positive members of their team,” said David King, Canadian president of Accountemps, in a press release. “Managers should be alert to signs of employee fatigue and work with staff to identify potential contributing factors in the workplace.

“By offering realistic support — like temporary professionals to assist when workloads rise, guidance in prioritizing tight deadlines and encouraging employees to unplug after-hours — managers can help mitigate any work-related stressors keeping staff up at night.”

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