Sleep deprivation: Know whether it’s a performance problem or a disability

January 14, 2018 0 COMMENTS

Employers striving for a diverse workforce take care not to discriminate against employees with a disability, but hidden disabilities can be tricky. Supervisors might think they’re dealing with performance problems when they really should be considering whether an employee has a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Tired woman in the office

Sleep deprivationwhich the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deems a public health problemcan pose such a dilemma. Workers in every field can suffer from a lack of sleep for any number of reasons, but shift workers are particularly susceptible. The summary of a study the CDC published in March 2017 says the duration and quality of sleep has “a direct effect on worker health and safety.”

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