How much is fatigue costing the workplace? The National Safety Council has teamed with Brigham and Women's Hospital to develop an easy-to-use online tool, where employers can receive a tailored estimate of how much fatigue is costing their bottom line. The calculator will estimate how much of the burden can be avoided with programs implemented in the workplace.
We will email you the results of this calculator.
Learn how the calculator uses the data you enter to create a customized report for your organization in Calculating the Cost of Poor Sleep: Methodology.
About National Safety CouncilFounded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
About the Sleep Matters InitiativeThe mission of the Sleep Matters Initiative, led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is to foster excellence in the treatment of sleep and circadian disorders in order to improve health, safety, and performance; and to promote widespread change in social norms that will engender a culture of sleep health.
This report uses the latest research to predict the prevalence of sleep deficiency and common sleep disorders among employees and estimates the annual costs associated with these conditions. Insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders lead to diminished alertness and contributes to absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased healthcare costs. Click on the boxes below for more information.
Sleep disorders have been associated with 3.4 days lost annually due to absenteeism and 7.8 days lost annually due to presenteeism, or decreased productivity. Further, sleep deficiency is also known to contribute to presenteeism, with those sleeping 6-7 hours on average accounting for 3.7 days lost each year, and those sleeping <6 hours responsible to 6.0 days lost annually due to presenteeism. The rate of absenteeism is also more than doubled among employees assigned to the night shift.
Sleep disorders are common, often undiagnosed, and therefore untreated. The boxes below show how many employees in your workplace are likely suffering from a sleep disorder. Click the boxes below for more information.
Sleep problems increase the risk of workplace incidents and injuries. More than one in every ten workplace injuries can be attributed to sleep problems.
Investing in your employees' sleep health is smart for business. Sleep health education and sleep disorder screening programs offered by employers have been shown to reduce costs by improving sleep, performance, health, and the safety of the workforce. The more employees you engage in a sleep health program, the more costs you can avoid.
Slide the bar to estimate how many employees would be engaged in your sleep health program.
The more employees you engage, the higher the return on investment.
The cost and potential savings cannot be predicted with
reasonable certainty for some small businesses. Our
estimated cost of a sleep health education and sleep
disorder screening program exceeds the projected
savings in this situation. While we
have incorporated the cost of formal sleep health
program in our calculation, it is important to remember
that there are steps you can take to improve sleep
health that do not cost anything. Please see these
resources pages for more information.