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Are Your Employees Sleep Deprived?

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Top 3 Signs Your Employees Need More Sleep
It's no mystery that sleepy employees are often less productive than their well-rested counterparts. Make yourself familiar with these signs that your employees need more ZZZs:

1. They make more errors than usual. 
When a productive, reliable employee begins to make more frequent mistakes this may be a sign that they are not getting adequate sleep.  While no organization would knowingly welcome mistakes, the possibility of them should be especially concerning to the healthcare industry. The Joint Commission reported that medical residents working 24-hour shifts made "36% more serious medical errors" than those working 16 consecutive hours.

2. They are dependent on caffeine. Though caffeine in small doses (100-250 milligrams) has been shown to increase alertness, a dependency on caffeine may be a sign that an employee is fatigued.  Look for employees consuming energy drinks or multiple cups of coffee, especially in the afternoon. Once daily caffeine intake exceeds a certain level (usually 500-600 milligrams), adverse effects, including irritability and insomnia, can occur. This can lead to a worsening of the sleep/wake cycle and further dependency on caffeinated beverages.

3. They are late to work or calling in sick more frequently. Identifying patterns of behavior can help pinpoint employees suffering from sleep deprivation. A 2015 analysis of data from an employee wellness program found that higher levels of sleep disturbance were associated with a greater likelihood of absenteeism, and that over time this was directly correlated with a decline in performance and an increase in health care costs. 


Want to learn more about how to help your employees sleep?  Attend our webinar on January 12th: Maximize Your Employee Health and Performance - Help them Sleep!


Tags:  Lack of Sleep  Sleep Deprivation  Worksite Wellness  Worksite Wellness Programs 

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