Entrepreneurs and corporations in the Boston Metro are always interested in enhancing employee productivity. After all, time is literally money in the business world! Yet in this age of multi-tasking and automation, there’s a surprisingly simple way to boost employee productivity – as well as your own. Namely, more sleep!
Sleep deprivation costs the U.S. workforce $411 billion a year, and causes the loss of 1.2 million working days per year, according to a European study conducted in 2016. Alarmingly, losing just 1 to 2 hours of sleep per night can increase your mortality risk by 13%!
A lack of sleep also affects your judgment and perception. A 2006 study found that sleep deprivation creates changes in metabolism, cognition, emotion, and behavior. At the workplace, this can mean everything from inattention and an inability to concentrate, to serious errors that can result in financial losses or employee injury.
Solving sleep deprivation isn’t just a matter of turning off late-night T.V. shows, or putting down electronic devices, though doing so helps! Often, an employee’s sleep problems can stem from other matters, such as stress, medical issues, parenting a baby, or taking care of an ill or elderly family member.
Business owners and managers can help employees improve their health, and their workplace productivity, by opening the door to discussion. An article in Entrepreneur magazine suggests asking simple questions when an employee appears to be struggling: “Are you ok? Is there anything we can do to help you?” Sometimes, all that is needed is a change in work schedule, or some time off to accommodate medical appointments or other personal matters.
A company that addresses employee needs on an individualized basis, rather than clinging to a draconian attendance policy, is likely to see better employee morale and well-being. In turn, this leads to improved productivity, and a healthier bottom line for your business.
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