Fatigue Management

Ashik Ahmed

Ashik Ahmed

CEO, CTO & Co-Founder

May 12, 2014

Fatigue Management

Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO & Co-Founder
May 12, 2014


Did you know that 4 out of 5 workers in Australia claim that they are overworked?

Here are some of the most common factors –

  • We are workaholics and love what we do
  • I want to get paid overtime
  • There is just too much to do at work and we are short-staffed
  • People haven’t shown up for work and I had do to double shift twice this week!

Whatever it is, it’s fine as long as you are enjoying it and you are appropriately remunerated for your hard work.


As a business owner, here are some things you may want keep an eye out for :

  • By overworking, are you going to cause injury to your employees?
  • Are the employees operating heavy machinery or equipment that can cause serious harm to themselves or others? Even your customers?
  • Is one of your employees extremely over worked where others do not have many or no hours at all?
  • Are you overspending in your labour cost by paying overtime where you could be potentially saving money by distributing those hours amongst employees where you won’t have to pay overtime?
  • What if you are to remove one of these overworked employees from your workforce? What holes do they leave in your business?
  • What impact does overworking an employee have on themselves and their family?
  • What is the ultimate risk to your business? Is it going to affect your business insurance?

If you ask yourselves the above questions, you may realise that your current situation is not ideal. For a happy, productive and balanced workplace, no employees should be overworked and that includes yourself.

Managing Fatigue with Deputy

We have identified this as an issue and want to help our customers manage fatigue in the workplace. We are proud to introduce a new feature in Deputy today: Stress management. This feature has been available in Deputy Enterprise for a while but today it is making its appearance in Deputy Premium. Now every employee can be assigned a stress profile.

To apply a stress profile, select the edit option on your employees profile and choose one of the following stress profiles:

  • 2 Days per week
  • 40 hours per week
  • CA Overtime: Maximum 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day, maximum 6 days per week (As per California labour laws)
  • 20 hours per week. Handy for international students and their visa restriction (Both for Australia and USA)
  • Normal 38 hours per week
  • Standard 40 hours per week
  • USA Overtime : Everywhere else in USA, it’s mostly 8 hours maximum per day or 40 hours per week.
  • 24/7 : Well no-one should do this!

In order to learn more about stress profiles and how to add more profile types: check out our help article.

The Deputy rostering platform will automatically stop recommending someone for a shift if they are stressed. You can still schedule them but to do so, you have to find them in the non recommended section.

There is another added benefit – You can not only manage fatigue but also control overtime using this feature.

Here’s cheers to a happier workplace!

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Ashik Ahmed
Ashik is the Co-Founder and CEO/CTO at Deputy. He spends most of his time thinking crazy things about Deputy and how it will change the world.

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