Why Sleep Management is important for Corporate Employees
Poor sleep quality impacts the health of employees and the quality of work.
Well, Sleep Deprivation can have very negative consequences for the individual, from loss of concentration and productivity to more severe diseases such as Hypertension and Heart Disease.
I recently read a super interesting article about a company that paid its employees to sleep better. That’s right! An American health insurance company, Aetna, decided to reward employees who sleep at least seven hours a night. Employees can earn up to $300 more in their yearly salary just to get a good night’s sleep. The program was created in 2009 due to the company’s concern about the impact of lack of sleep on employee performance. Each year the number of participants only grows, and in 2015, almost half of Aetna’s employees (12 thousand people) had already joined the program.
So, how sleep management will improve productivity at work?
The growing demands of modern life have led people to increasingly value career advancement. However, this can be a very dangerous practice, directly harming aspects such as health, affective life and even development at work.
Improvements in mood, reduced stress, and increased creativity are some of the areas of life that benefit when we understand the value of a night’s rest.
Below I explain how rest can impact your performance and bring better results at work.
Increased productivity and creativity
It is very difficult to maintain focus and motivation when you are tired, and in these conditions, it is common for people to stop paying attention to what is happening around them. In the face of exhaustion scenarios, minor errors usually occur.
Although many believe that sacrificing a night’s rest to finish a job is a professional advantage, studies show that sleep deprivation decreases people’s ability to process information and solve problems.
So remember that, to be the professional that the market is looking for, sleeping and allowing your brain to have the deserved rest will be essential.
It is common for people to have difficulty “disconnecting” from the problems and demands of work, which can lead to a decrease in rest hours. However, repeated nights of sleep deprivation can increase anxiety, stress and irritability.
With the job market increasingly demanding, people live under a high level of professional pressure. But, just like leisure time, rest at night is the key to replenishing mental energy and improving motivation at work.
Improvements in mood
Did you know that sleeping poorly directly affects our ability to relate to people? Now, think how important it is to be able to interact with co-workers easily as a professional.
In addition to being invigorating, valuing a night’s sleep will help you live in harmony with the different profiles of people in your professional environment.
Coming back to the main topic – why should companies care about the sleep management of their employees?
How did you sleep last night? It may sound like a weird question, but studies prove that sleep is one of the most significant factors influencing how you’ll work – and perform – today and throughout your life.
In recent years, an increasing number of companies have been concerned about the quality of sleep of their employees, and different actions have been adopted to work on this issue in organizations. Johnson & Johnson, for example, offers employees a digital coaching program to combat insomnia, which involves an online sleep diary and mobile relaxation videos. And of course, I couldn’t forget to mention Google, with the initiative called Sleeposium, which are informative symposia that reveal the benefits of good sleep and give practical tips to help employees sleep better.
The fact is that poor sleep quality affects productivity and health costs for the employee. For example, a Harvard survey estimated that the average worker misses 11.3 workdays a year due to lack of sleep. This is estimated to amount to an annual loss of $63.2 billion to the US economy.
Investing in your team’s quality of life can bring an invaluable return, as it not only affects the company financially but also promotes more health and well-being for your team.
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