How Sleep Affects Performance — And What Companies Can Do

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Sleep-deprived employees are low in work engagement and job performance — and high in unethical behavior.

  • Provide all employees with sleep/fatigue education and information programs.
  • Review policies and practices around scheduling to minimize sleepiness and fatigue.
  • Review and implement organizational strategies to reduce and manage fatigue among employees, like nonpunitive programs for employees to self-report being tired and/or decline work assignments because of fatigue.
  • Review and revise travel policies to encourage flexibility in schedules to maximize sleep and alertness, like start times for meetings and red-eye flights.
  • Support and provide employee stress management, mindfulness training, yoga and meditation programs for employees; all have been found effective in addressing insomnia.
  • Review vacation and sick leave policies to minimize job burnout, work pressure and enhance detachment from work.
  • Offer quiet spaces and napping rooms for employees to catch up on sleep during their time at the office.
  • Include questions on employee engagement surveys that measure employee fatigue, stress and psychological well-being.
  • Increase supervisory training related to workplace safety orientation, attitudes and practices.
  • Offer training programs to leaders to increase knowledge related to human fatigue, sleep and circadian rhythms and actions to counteract the effects of fatigue.
  • Encourage employees to use company sponsored health, wellness and employee assistance programs to address work-life integration, sleep and fatigue issues.

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