You work in an industry that is critical to national security. You endure difficult working conditions, long days, and shift work. You know that some former employees suffer from maladies that may be related to the work environment, the same one in which you toil each day. Your leaders know the consequences of this health epidemic, but they also are aware of the exorbitant cost and operational impact of addressing the issue and implementing mitigations that would ensure the well-being of the workforce long after workers leave the company. You are:
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8. RAND, “Sleep in the Military.”