As an HR manager or employer, you have many responsibilities towards your employees. One of them is that you will have to ensure your staff is performing with their full potential. There are many ways of doing that, you can give occasional perks, free fruit or a comfortable working atmosphere to your employees. Whatever benefits you provide often have a big influence on the motivation and positivity of your employees. But one of the recent concerns of the recruitment world is the quality of sleep the employees get.
According to a study, conducted on 2,000 UK residents as well as speaking to sleep experts, surveying about how sleeping habits of the researched people affected their well-being at work. The results were quite helpful for employers to provide support to the employees and understand how their professional life is affected by sleep.
The Effects of Poor Sleep at Work
Feeling less motivated at work
It is a common complain that employees who are drowsy at the office all the time have a damaging effect on the fellow workers around them. Research study report suggests that lack of sleep is one of the reasons behind the negativity in your office. Among the surveyed workers, 49% who said that they felt positive about their work in the morning rated their sleep between eight and ten. However, only 3% of those who slept between one to three hours said they felt positive at work.
Motivating the employees
There’s science behind this behavior. Sleep science coach Jason Piper explained that:
“Poor emotional regulation and impaired decision making might be affected by sleep. Sleep deprivation has been associated with reduced blood flow in the area of the brain responsible for attention, alertness, and cognitive processes such as self-control, emotional responses, and decision making.”
It is indeed very difficult to keep employees motivated to work full heartedly throughout the whole working day. However, was evident in the survey that there is a similar proportion between the motivation and the amount of sleep we get.
Feeling content at work
As an employer, therefore it is very important that your employees feel content and happy in their professional life. If this happens it will lead to decreased attrition rates and will help to build a positive temperament in your office along with other things. The quality of sleep your employees are getting can be one of the factors that might influence this positive impact on your workplace.
People who rated their sleep between eight and ten said they were happy in their career; in comparison to the 9% who rated their sleep between one and three and unhappy at work. So, for those employers and HR departments who are dealing with unsatisfied workers, you can ask them asking them how well they are sleeping and this could be a good starting point.
How Can You Help Employees?
An employee’s life outside the office is completely their personal thing and hence most of the employers probably do not consider it as their responsibility to help an employee with their sleeping habits. However, if you help your staff with some tips on getting a night of better sleep at night it can make a huge difference in their work life as well as their productivity. Sharing some of the below-mentioned tips with your team will surely set you apart from other employers.
Habits before sleep
We have probably all been guilty of spending some time looking at our smartphone or tablet and watching TV in bed even after lights are out. However, this is one of the worst ways of going to for sleep. About 49% of working people admit to watching Netflix or TV before bed. They say that they are not getting at least seven hours of sleep while 22% admit getting sleep of five hours or less.
It was a similar story for smartphones and tablets, with 48% of users getting less than seven hours sleep and 24% getting five hours or less. As an employer, actively encouraging your employees to stay off company emails after a certain time could make an important difference.
The number of Pillows
A recent study showed that the number of pillows a person use is much more than just a personal liking. The report also suggests that using fewer pillows is helpful to a better night’s sleep. Only 41% of the surveyed people who use three pillows are reported to get at least seven hours sleep in a night which is compared to 49% of those who use only two pillows and 56% who use only one.
The right sleeping posture
Getting a good night’s sleep could well be linked with the position that you choose to sleep in. The research asked what side of the bed respondents slept on, with 36% of those who slept on the right-hand side rating their sleep as eight or more, compared to 29% on the left-hand side.
More important, however, is the position that you lay in at night. The perfect position for sleep is on your non-dominant side in a fetal position. This is an evolutionary choice, like your heart, internal organs, and reproductive organs are protected leaving the dominant arm free to defend yourself.
As an employer, your care for employees should go well beyond office hours. Helping your team understand their difficulties with sleep and offering advice on how to overcome them can have huge benefits for you and your business. Not only that, as an employer it’ll help you be more understanding and empathetic when your team is struggling.