Why You Should Encourage Employees to Get More Sleep
Sep 23, 2021
Lack of, or disrupted sleep causes a myriad of issues. From health related conditions to lack of productivity, your staffs' sleep habits can affect your business. What are some signs that employees might be struggling with sleep issues? Increased sick days, irritability, missed deadlines and lack of quality work are a few things to look for. But there are things you can do to implement a program that encourages employees to focus on their health and sleep habits. Here are some things you can do:
Provide Nutrient Rich Snacks
If your office has a vending machine or an area that provides grab-and-go snacks, make sure these foods that are rich in protein and nutrients. Avoid high sugar items like candy, fried foods and caffeinated beverages. Consider snacks like granola, cheese sticks, yogurt and beverages like water, juice and spritzers.
Encourage Daily Physical Activity
Being physically active is one of the best ways to ensure a good nights sleep. Research shows that we should be getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Try introducing a walking meeting, hiring a weekly yoga instructor, or health club discounts. Have employees track their steps and activity with an Activity Tracker so they can watch their progress and hold themselves accountable.
Flextime is an important factor in work-life balance. Allowing flexible work hours allows your staff to still be able to tend to important factors in their life, like family, while still performing their job duties. It can allow a weary employee some time to rejuvenate during the day, reduces stress and increases productivity. 60% of flexible workers say the flextime setup makes them both more productive and engaged when they are in the office. (source: https://www.aihr.com/blog/flextime-infographic/)
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While sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are looking for ways to improve your organization, encouraging healthy sleep habits does have a strong effect on achievements. Encouraging employees to make sleep a prerogative will result in a happier, healthier, productive, and more creative environment.