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Why Employees’ Sleeping Habits Matter

September 9, 2017 Latest News

Long hours at the office and around-the-clock availability may be hallmarks of the modern workplace, but a sleep-deprived workforce can jeopardize their performance, career progression and ultimately the company’s bottom line.

Employees who are not getting enough sleep are struggling to keep their performance levels up and in line with the employer’s expectations. Perhaps even worse, they are not able to stay abreast with the fast-paced economy we live in these days.  Most likely, employees end up receiving average or below average performance rates due to less-than-expected contribution to the organization’s success. This adversely influences the employees’ work and the perception of the contribution they can give, thus making their own success a goal way too difficult to reach.

The reduction in productivity and the lack of focus in delicate contexts demanding little or no mistakes affect the overall performance of the company.

For example, in the U.S. the loss in terms of employees’ productivity amounts to 63.2 billion dollars a year.

Additionally, from the perspective of workforce’s health, employees who are not clocking enough sleep at night are more prone to various illnesses and chronic fatigue, which cannot be adjusted by getting more sleep from time to time. That is why it is important to develop a healthy sleeping routine to follow on a daily basis.

Among the most impacted countries is the UAE, which is widely known for having a high number of residents, up to 68%, who do not get enough sleep for a variety of reasons.

Also, there is a widespread tendency of forcing oneself to continue performing with lack of rest during the working week, in order to recover and recuperate the recommended hours of sleep during the weekend. That is a controversial assumption and the damages inflicted in the first few days can’t be offset by a weekend of rest and sleep. That is just an illusion.

From employers’ perspective, in terms of the costs that firms need to bear in such situations, let’s consider two major statistics about a market such as the U.S. that may surprise you on how much the lack of sleep may impact companies’ costs:

  • An impact of $ 3,200+ per employee, per year, in total health costs
  • Nearly 5x higher Workers’ Compensation costs per employee, per year, in industrial facilities

 So, what can employers and employees do? Delve into the myths around sleep, consequences of fatigue and solutions for a more rested and better performing workforce in “Sleep: a Business Case for Bedtime”,  a MAXIS sleep study brought to you by MetLife, one of the cofounding members of the MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN).

Credits: Metlife UAE