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Are your employees getting enough sleep?

 

Sleep quality has a direct impact on your employees’ well-being and performance at work. Here are a few ideas to help them spend enough time in Morpheus’ soothing embrace.

Organizational impact

Many have noticed the negative impact that can result from sleep-deprived employees. Throughout the day, they appear to be performing less and don’t seem as healthy. You may be concerned by this type of organizational inconvenience in your company.

 

1. More frequent workplace accidents

People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to sustain an injury at work. A drop in energy usually causes a decrease in concentration while performing tasks.

2. Daily office absences

Employees who sleep less are more likely to miss work the next day. The reason is simple: Three hours of sleep is not enough to help you manage several major tasks in a day. If you sleep less, you will need to work several more hours a day to produce the same results as you would had you gotten enough sleep.

3. Decreased productivity

A person’s performance at work is reduced with less energy. Employee will take more time to perform their tasks. As a result, they complete fewer projects and the company incurs a significant loss of income over the long term.

4. Decline in overall health

Decreased sleep affects the employee’s overall health. Headaches, general fatigue or a weakened immune system can lead to other, more serious health problems in the long term, which can in turn increase absenteeism or short-term disability leaves.

Concrete solutions

Here are a few solutions you can implement to promote restful sleep among your employees.

1. Awareness

Make sure your team is aware of the importance and benefits of getting 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye a night. Support your employees by creating a space for open, non-judgemental dialogue with them. Refer them to various resources available on the company’s intranet. These documents, available at all times, may help them pinpoint the source of their insomnia. Internally, make sure that healthcare professionals are available to help your employees toward a full and effective recovery.

2. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Help your employees identify the source of their insomnia and better control it thanks to an assistance program at work. For example, a psychologist can help an employee dealing with anxiety issues. A healthcare professional may suggest cognitive behavioural therapy to stop the causes of insomnia.

As employers, you can make a difference in improving your employees’ well-being. By offering concrete and effective solutions, you can help them in their journey to wellness while maintaining an efficient level of organizational performance. Reduce your team’s absenteeism rate by addressing the root causes of insomnia.