Dear All,
I am Murugan. I have newly joined this site. I am working as Manager - HR in a process plant running all three shifts. Noticed some of the labours are sleeping at work place in night shift at around 1 am to 4 am. We took the following steps to solve this problem but no improvement.
1. Provided free tea to all workers in midnight at 1 am.
2. No one should work morethan 16 hours.
3. Deducted 1/2 day salary for sleeping
Please share your valuable guidelines to solve this problem.

From India , Madurai
hiiii i think you have to set target for the labour, jus make a slight changes in your compensation structure, pay more who cross the target. and pay less to those who fails to acheive..
From India , Pune
karthikeyan varadharajan
Hi Murugan
This is the problem faced by all in every industry.
This problem may be overcome by ,as you said - Providing Tea.
Ask the employees if they have any difficulties, if it is genuine, try to cover it.
Not reminding this isssue, try to include performance oriented pay to all shifts, in particualr it may work for these peoples. (don't say that you introduce this to cut the sleep).
Instruct the supervisors to be friendly (to make the environment lively, interaction with the workers - even they can crack jokes). Let they have frequent rounds around the work area.

From India , Bangalore
workmen sleeping during night shift is universal problem. One thing we must keep in mind that working in night shift is against the laws of nature who has made the night for rest/sleep. however in continuous process industry the problem is more alarming. in such situations the workmen need to be counselled and made to understand the risk involved if they sleep and process remain unmanned. Punishment and deduction in wages has never been proved a workable solution in fact it creates other IR problems. I have witness the occasions when irritated workmen had damaged the process material which is normally termed as human error and not negligence for which punishment could be awarded. Practice of staggering release of workmen for rest can be a solution to some extent. One should always keep in mind that productivity and performance is always on recline during night time. Free tea is not a solution in fact it gives rise to the problem of "ACIDITY" amongst the workmen. One workable solution I had seen successfully implemented is that changing the shift roaster pattern. entire workforce working in shift is divided in four teams ABCD so every day any three teams will be on duty and one team enjoying weekly off. Each team will work 2 days morning shift, 2 days late shift and 2 days night shift. so workmen are also happy as they have to work in night shift only for 2 days. management gains because they get one more working day from each team.
From United Kingdom, Ware
In hazardous Industries like chemical, cement, steel etc., labour should not sleep. It is indicipline and management can inflict disciplinary action.
Providing tea in night shift is different. sleeping while on duty, blaming supervisor and absenteeism supreme court has look very serious.

From India, Bangalore
Sleeping while duty is a misconduct of the maximum of companies, So who are sleeping the duty you may give a warning letter & if more than acquired you can take disciplinary action to next level.

From India, Chennai
Always remember that working in night shift has never been a good experience for anybody. It is going against the nature. human capabilities are at the lowest at night time. In present day order, it is okay, but it has its own demerits such as poor performance, yield, output, sleeping at workplace, etc. facilities you have mentioned are no remedy for the sleep rather they are in no way anti-sleep. Half day salary deduction is not facility but punishment. and punishment never works rather it results in revolt. Not more than 16 hrs. work in a stretch is nothing special. as such factory act does not allow it, Feeling sleepy at night time offence. You must find out other ways and means for this problem. The one which I tried and succeeded is staggered shift working. Total workforce working in shift was splitted in 4 teams. A,B,C and D. on any day any three shifts were working and one team always on Off. Each team will work 2 days morning shift, 2 days late or second or noon shift and one team in night shift. So every team was saved for working in night shift continuously for a week. Just give a thought to this and see if it suits and works to your type of environment.
From United Kingdom, Ware

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