In general, several factors affect the quality of our lives and the quality of our work. Today, we consider sleep deprivation and job productivity.
Before reading below, check out these posts:
- Starting and Finishing Your Work Day
- Motivating Remote Employees
- How to Better Deal with Difficult People
- Optimizing Employer-Employee Relationships
- A Fun Infographic on Scheduling Daily Activities
Studying Sleep Deprivation and Job Productivity
The information and infographic in this post are from Lexington Law. The following text is tailored for Evans on Marketing by Tess Keresky.
When there’s a lot that needs to get done for work, it’s easy to start sacrificing sleep. The CDC might recommend at least seven hours of sleep a night for adults, but it seems like a waste of productive time, especially if there’s a long to do list. Perhaps that’s why 40% of Americans reported getting six hours of sleep or less in a recent Gallup poll.
However, sleep actually plays a pretty vital role in productivity and profits. According to a Harvard University estimate, companies lose around $2,280 per employee each year due to sleep deprivation. Overall, tired workers are less effective. Rest helps your brain in a number of ways, from improving learning to decision making. It also plays a vital role in physical health, including healing blood vessels. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, has a wide range of negative physical and mental effects. Some side effects of sleep deprivation include: A compromised immune system. Poor judgment. Unstable moods. Lack of focus.
Each of these can have negative effects on work performance. A compromised immune system leads to illness, resulting in more sick days or employees that come in sick and infect others. The emotional effects can hurt communication and create tension in the office. A lack of focus can reduce efficiency and increase mistakes. While staying up late might seem like the best way to get more done, it ultimately hurts more than helps.
So what can businesses do to help employees get more rest? A recent survey from Lexington Law found that 1 in 3 Americans are losing sleep due to work stress. If employers want productive and healthy workers, they need to put a concerted effort into decreasing stress. Fortunately, employee benefits, like wellness programs, are likely to help.
Check out the infographic to learn more about the business cost of sleep deprivation and what employers can do to reduce stress.