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A Bunch of Sleepyheads Still Make a Strong Case for Teamwork

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 | Category: Human Resources, Our Blog, Talent Management

That’s right! Chalk one up for Team Tired. New findings strongly suggest that by working in a group, tired people reduce problem-solving errors that might occur if they each worked independently. According to a recent article posted at FireceHealthcare considering what this means to the healthcare community:

Working together as a team can fend off individual physician fatigue and promote better problem-solving skills, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. Considering the patient safety implications, hospitals and health systems are constantly looking for ways to combat physician fatigue, especially for residents while abiding by duty hour limits. [Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied]

We think this isn’t just good news for physicians in emergency rooms and hospitals, but for many other workplace situations as well. That’s because when people band together to solve problems as a team, they are either less likely make a mistake if others are watching what they do, more likely to examine alternate ideas from their own before coming to a decision on what is the best course of action, or some combination of both. Any way you slice it, teamwork can significantly improve the final outcome of a project or task. Who doesn’t like that?

“Sleep-deprived employees are still a problem, no doubt,” says Mary Novak, hireVision office manager. “but if a company can organize teams to address certain tasks that run a greater risk of being negatively effected by worker fatigue, that could improve performance.”

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