Time For Employers To Wake Up To Sleep Issues

What does sleep have to do with work performance? As it turns out, quite a lot.

WorkScore has crunched the numbers on 9,000 survey responses and found that nearly 40% of employees aren’t getting enough sleep each night.  

It’s widely accepted that the average person needs somewhere between seven to nine hours sleep per night for overall physical and mental wellbeing. Not getting enough sleep is a big contributor to increased stress at work. Employees who sleep less than seven hours per night are 23% more stressed, while those who sleep less than five hours per night rate work 17% more stressful.

But it should be noted that more sleep doesn’t always mean better wellbeing and performance. People who sleep 10 hours or more per night report they have 50% less energy than those who sleep seven to nine hours per night. Interestingly, they also report they have less energy and concentration than those people who sleep less than five hours.

So when it comes to sleep, it’s important to get enough, but also important not to get too much. Like so many things in life, it’s all about getting the balance right.

WorkScore data shows that employees who sleep the recommended seven to nine hours per night:

  • Score 25% higher for overall wellbeing
  • Find it 35% easier to switch off from work
  • Rate their work/life balance the highest
  • Report the highest flexibility at work
  • Have 25% more energy 

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And there’s a high correlation between those people who get the recommended amount of sleep and how they rate their workplace as caring about their wellbeing. Employers can help improve what happens after hours by promoting the right for employees to disconnect by reducing or even banning work communication after business hours. They should also encourage employees to take regular breaks during the work day and to make time for a lunch break.

Employers interested in increased workplace wellbeing should talk to WorkScore about a full wellbeing assessment of their employees to understand areas for intervention and improvement.