Three-fourths of employees feel tired most days of the week,
Being tired of your job is one thing; being tired at your job is another, and it can be hazardous not only to your health, but your company’s as well, according to a Virgin Pulse Institute study.
Three-fourths of employees feel tired most days of the week, the study found. Four-in-ten respondents reported dozing off during the day once per month, while 15 percent confessed they doze off during the workday at least once per week to once per day. 30 percent indicated they were unhappy or very unhappy with the quality and quantity of their sleep.
The sleep study surveyed approximately 1,140 employees, all Virgin Plus members.
“Showing up to work sleep deprived can be the equivalent of showing up to work intoxicated,” Dr. Jennifer Turgiss, a co-author of the study and director of the Virgin Pulse Institute, said in a statement. “Employees who don’t sleep well have poorer concentration, poorer decision making abilities, are significantly less able to cope with stressful situations, and are more likely to make unhealthy choices. The effects of poor sleep impair people’s focus and motivation, preventing them from reaching their full potential.”
How does that impact the bottom line? Sleep disturbances cause fatigue-related productivity losses estimated at $1,967 per employee annually, the report states. “Employee absence has been identified as an independent cost associated with poor sleep and tired employees, while present at work, may experience difficulties working to their capabilities. Other studies have linked presenteeism and impaired function to lack of sleep. Tired employees are also at an increased risk of accidents and injuries at work.”
The report cites another study that estimated that sleep-related accidents account for nearly a quarter (23.7 percent) of accident costs and that perceived quality of life and job satisfaction also take a hit when employees suffer from poor sleep.
The Virgin Pulse Institute study identified four " key themes” keeping employees awake at night: worry/stress, mental activity, physical discomfort and environmental disruptors.
Among the factors within these categories that kept participants awake, included:
· Temperature too high or too low (85.2 percent)
· Their partner (71.9 percent)
· Unwanted noise (68.6 percent)
· Light – too bright (52.8 percent)
· Mattress (40 percent)
· Young children (35.9 percent)
· Medical condition that disturbs sleep (10.2 percent)
Other self sleep-sabotaging activities include watching television before bedtime (75.6 percent) and drinking more than three caffeinated beverages per day (22.1 percent).
“Our study made one thing clear: lack of sleep is crippling America’s workforce,” Turgiss said. “Employers can’t turn a blind eye. (They) must address sleep issues to create a thriving workforce and business. Not only will employees be more rested, but they’ll feel more supported by their employers, helping them perform better and become better able to engage in work and in life.”
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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