It's important to keep a watchful eye on employees when we "spring ahead" into Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2 a.m. on March 14 this year. A Michigan State University study that was published in the September 2009 issue of Journal of Applied Psychology found a 5.7% increase in the number of injuries on the Monday following the time shift forward, and a 67.6% increase in the number of workdays lost because of these injuries. The study attributes the increase to the fact that, on average, individuals sleep 40 minutes less when making the switch forward. Findings were based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Mine Safety and Health Administration. To mitigate the effects of this sleep loss, the study recommends:
Scheduling dangerous work for later in the week, after employees have had a chance to adjust their sleep schedules.
Adjusting employees' start times in the days following the phase chang...(register to read more)