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Tech workers not sleeping enough, according to polls

TIRED Two studies found workers in high-tech industries are frequently overfatigued with one finding 80 percent felt they did not get sufficient sleep

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A recent study conducted by the Council of Labor Affairs shows that employees working for high-tech industries in southern Taiwan often suffer from overfatigue and insufficient sleep.

The study, conducted by the council's Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, was released earlier this month, and focuses on safety and health issues in the workplace.

The council however did not explain why it singled out employees working for high-tech industries in southern Taiwan.

In the study, according to an analysis by assistant researcher Hu Pei-yi (胡佩怡), peer pressure, work hours, exercise habits and one's authority to make decisions at work were found to be the factors influencing the degree of overfatigue suffered by high-tech employees.

Employees who worked for more than 11 hours each day and those who failed to take regular exercise felt particularly stressed, the research said.

Hu said if companies wanted to reduce employee fatigue superiors should offer more support, lessen subordinates' workload, and help them resolve interpersonal disputes that take place at work.

Another study authored by assistant researcher Lin kuan-yu (林冠宇) targeted 1,598 employees working for high-tech industries in southern Taiwan.

It found that more than 30 percent of those surveyed said they did not sleep soundly.

The interviewees averaged 6.8 hours of sleep before a work day and 8.5 hours before holidays, according to the survey.

The study also showed that nearly 80 percent of those interviewed felt they were not getting sufficient sleep. Meanwhile, 10.5 percent of the respondents said lack of sleep had influenced their daily life.

Over half of the respondents said they still felt exhausted after a night of sleep, and about 30 percent of these people said this affected their work performance, the study said.

Lin said pressure from work was the most likely reason that employees working for high-tech industries did not get enough sleep.

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