Sleep deprivation can affect all types of people no matter what industry, and it is an issue which must be treated with careful consideration. Everyone knows that after a bad night’s sleep, the next day at work is a real drag. Coffee becomes a lifeline as you battle to keep your eyes open, struggling to read that project brief or presentation.
It’s an issue that becomes ever more pressing in the winter months, waking up in the dark makes it even more difficult to leave the bed in the morning, and makes it all the more unlikely that a productive day awaits.
RAND Europe report estimated that sleep deprivation costs the UK economy $50bn or £40bn.
What can you do as an employee to ensure your employees get enough sleep?
Could workers come in late, or start early, in order to avoid rush hour and shorten commute lengths? Is it possible for workers to do their jobs remotely, allowing extra sleep time when not commuting in? Helping your employees to balance their professional and personal lives might be all it takes to increase sleep levels. Not only will this benefit individuals, but the organisation as a whole; more alert employees will help to reduce accidents in the workplace, and increase productivity levels.
Flexible working is not a new concept, but organisations are becoming more aware of its benefits to attract and retain talent. Perhaps it should now also be considered an important part of improving health and wellbeing too, removing stress and boosting overall team morale.