Have you noticed some of your employees showing up to the office with bags under their eyes? Do you see them fighting to stay awake during meetings? Have you overheard them bragging about the all-nighter they pulled binge-watching “House of Cards”?
It’s true – workers just aren’t catching enough zzz’s these days. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly 3 in 5 workers feel they don’t get enough sleep and 44 percent say thinking about work keeps them up at night.
What’s more, 61 percent say lack of sleep has had an impact on their work in some way, including the following:
- It makes the day go by slower: 30 percent
- It makes me less motivated: 27 percent
- It makes me less productive: 24 percent
- It affects my memory: 17 percent
- It makes me crabby with co-workers: 13 percent
- It takes me longer to complete tasks: 13 percent
- It makes me make mistakes: 13 percent
What does this mean for you?
If workers aren’t getting enough shut eye, it can impact the work produced – and your bottom line. While you can’t really go to their houses in the middle of the night and pry the TV remote from their sleep-deprived hands, you can take steps to encourage work-life balance.
According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, “We see more and more workers check into the office at all hours of the day, give up vacation time and work even when they’re sick. Yet, it’s not necessarily making us more productive, and companies are starting to recognize that.”
Haefner says organizations are seeing the benefit of employee wellness and work-life balance, and are providing employee “perks” such as designated nap rooms, encouraging them to take advantage of their vacation time or just allowing for more flexible work schedules.
By promoting mental breaks during office hours and the shutting off of work email after office hours, your employees will get a better night’s sleep – and have a more productive workday.