We are blessed with many things in life that we never actually count on. One of those blessings is the sleep we have.
We know the average amount of sleep recommended by doctors is 8 hours. An eight-hour sleep will keep us healthy and wise. Do you think that your employees are getting a sound sleep? Especially with the coming of Work From Home strategy and long virtual conferences, are they able to sleep for 8 hours?
It was reported recently that the modern working system has led many employees to sleep deprivation. This will negatively impact workers’ performance, health, overall productivity and organisational outcomes in a whole.
Hence it is the duty of HR leaders to check on their employees’ sleep. Here is why you as a leader should encourage employees to get quality sleep:
1. Sound sleep improves creativity and eliminates procrastination
Having sound sleep will enhance the productivity of your employees. Sleep deprivation will lead to poor concentration levels. It can impair the ability of employees to make correct decisions and on time. Sleep deprivation leads to procrastination in job assignments. It is scientifically proven that well-rested employees are more focused on their works. They make the right decisions and without delay. Google offers “nap pods” for its employees to rest in between workload. This will recharge their energy.
2. More safety
Employees who lack good sleep are likely to suffer workplace accidents more compared to their counterparts. Studies show that Insomnia evidently puts into work-related accidents.
3. Reduced Employee Absenteeism
If employees suffer from sleep deprivation, it will result in health deterioration. This will in fact increase in them taking days off at work. Besides absenteeism, lack of sleep paves way for health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, chronic fatigue, and dementia.
4. Active mind
Having quality sleep improve employees’ impulse control. It will help them in problem-solving and enhances the ability to grasp information. ‘Aetna’ a company gifts cash incentives to their employees just to encourage them to sleep for a minimum of seven hours daily.
5. Boost Employees’ Morale
Imagine you couldn’t sleep the whole night because of work and that the next day you are again loaded with heavy tasks. How out of mind you will be? Will you be able to smile at your coworkers or greet your bose with a pleasant face? There is no way you can do it.
Sleep deprivation will lead both to mental and physical problems. On the other hand, well-rested employees have better mental and physical health. They would perform well and will be able to maintain good relationships among coworkers.
Any firm to get reputation and goodwill has to work hard. But what makes a company more successful is its internal wellbeing. For that, the company need to take care of their employees’ mental and physical health. And sleep is not as trivial as you think.
More than monetary incentives, an employee should get his or her basic things done. Leaders should see that the work does not interfere in their personal life. Encourage your employees to have sound sleep. Prioritise their health. Provide them with short breaks to sleep in between work.
If the work is not done in time and the employee has a reason for not finishing it, excuse the employee. Do not force your employees to work overnight. Instruct them to ‘shut down’ their systems at least two hours before they go to bed. Ensure an eight-hour sleep routine for your team.