One of the most straightforward ways to tell if a person is fatigued is to simply observe them.
Individuals who are fatigued exhibit outward physical and behavioural signs and symptoms that become more severe as their fatigue progresses.
Sometimes, an individual may try to mask the outward signs and symptoms of fatigue by developing coping strategies. They may use substances (like coffee or energy drinks) to try to “perk up” However, this strategy usually backfires. Although caffeine gives you a temporary energy boost, it can interfere with a good night’s rest and cause fatigue again the following day.
Individuals may also try to hide the effects of fatigue on their performance by:
Choosing to carry out less critical tasks, using more memory cues or reminders, working more slowly, relying on fellow workers and checking work more thoroughly.
While these strategies may appear to work, at least in the short-term, it will eventually become obvious to co-workers and supervisors that the person’s quality of work has diminished, and that everyone is being put at risk because of the person’s impaired performance.
True or false, fatigue can be overcome by using coping strategies such as drinking coffee or avoiding critical tasks?
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