Red Bull Releases Results of Workplace “Tiredness” Study

rbsport1_jan09_pant_200_200_twitterSANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In today’s fast-paced workplace with demands to respond right away at nearly any hour of the day, fatigue is leading the charge as the top barrier to peak performance.  According to a new workplace survey commissioned by Red Bull and Glassdoor, the leading jobs and recruiting community, nearly half (48 percent) of employed Americans1 are distracted by fatigue at work, causing them to make mistakes and even doze off.  Tiredness is a bigger distraction to workers than social media (19 percent) and personal communications (35 percent).

More than just typos, fatigue at the workplace shows itself in various ways, with 23 percent of respondents admitting to walking around the workplace with an unbuttoned top or mismatched shoes. Lack of energy has also shown it greatly impacts employees’ ability to focus, with 24 percent of workers confessing to addressing a colleague or client by the wrong name or making a mistake via email due to low energy.

“It’s clear that fatigue at work can impact productivity and efficiency, and this is something both employees and employers need to be aware of and address among their specific workforce,” said Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor Community Expert. “This is a wake-up call for employers to review and assess how to keep their employees engaged throughout the day and make appropriate changes.”

To be more productive at work, pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks and tea are more popular choices than energy bars, smoothies or juices.  U.S. workers are so desperate to combat tiredness, 93 percent of respondents said they have taken action to boost their energy at work, with caffeine as a top workplace necessity, even surpassing taking a walk or listening to music.  In fact, 48 percent can’t live without caffeine at work and just as many (46 percent) can’t live without office supplies such as pen and paper.  Fewer find it essential to have their smartphone or tablet (44 percent) or their schedule (32 percent).

Key Findings:

  • Nearly two in three (66 percent) admit they’ve made mistakes at work because they were tired
  • About one in five admit to missing a meeting (21 percent) or a deadline (16 percent) due to tiredness
  • Two in five have forgotten items they need to do their job (41 percent)
  • Parents are more likely than non-parents (25 percent vs 16 percent) to reveal they’ve missed a meeting at work due to tiredness
  • 25 percent of 18-44 year olds find themselves getting off-track because of social media, compared to nine percent of those 45 and over

Battle of The Sexes:

  • Women are more likely than men to be sidetracked from their work by lethargy (53 percent vs 44 percent)
  • More men than women admit that being tired has made them overlook meetings (26 percent vs 13 percent) or deadlines (20 percent vs 10 percent)
  • More women than men (56 percent vs 42 percent) rely on caffeine to survive the workday

Combating Tiredness:

  • 66 percent of respondents said caffeine is the top fix for boosting energy compared to taking a walk (39 percent) or listening to music (37 percent)
  • 49 percent of respondents said they would be more interested in a job they were applying for if they offered free food and beverages compared to gym memberships (39 percent)
  • More parents than non-parents (33% vs. 21%) have tried to boost their productivity at work by having an energy drink.

Survey Methodology

The workplace survey was conducted between October 7-14, 2014 among 549 working Americans ages 18 and over, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of this survey are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and affected by the level of percentages expressing the results and the number of interviews. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher. Complete survey methodology is available upon request.

1  For the purposes of this survey, employed Americans is defined as U.S. adults ages 18 and over who are employed.

About Red Bull

Red Bull Energy Drink’s effects have been recognized worldwide by busy professionals, top athletes, college students and travelers on long journeys.  Red Bull is available in more than 165 countries worldwide and more than 5 billion cans were consumed last year, two billion of those in the U.S. alone.  An 8.4 fl. oz. Red Bullcontains 80 mg of caffeine, equivalent to a home-brewed cup of coffee.  For more information about Red Bull, visit

About Glassdoor

Glassdoor is the leading jobs and career community designed to help job seekers find jobs and address critical questions that come up during the search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. Glassdoor provides the most transparent look at company culture, work environment, salary and compensation and the interview process thanks to the millions of insights shared by employees, job candidates and employers. For employers, Glassdoor offers recruiting and employer branding solutions to help maximize talent acquisition strategies and optimize results. As of November 2014, Glassdoor has more than 26 million members, and operates one of the most popular job apps on iOS and Android. Glassdoor, which launched in 2008, has raised about $90 million from Benchmark, Sutter Hill Ventures, Battery Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, Tiger Global and others. is a registered trademark of Glassdoor, Inc.