SLEEPING IS THE NEWEST PERK

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Money magazine did a reader survey exploring the topic of how important sleep is to workers and how employers are responding (“The Financial Side of Sleep” March 2016, p. 18). To the question how often have you called out sick purely because you were tired, here are the results:

  • 27%—occasionally
  • 19%—at least once a year
  • 16%—once
  • 38%—never

Almost half of the respondents are admitting to taking a “sick day” regularly purely because of being too tired. Companies are increasingly creating perks to counteract such challenges. Two key statistics are 30% of employers provide sleep-health coaching and 9% provide onsite nap facilities. Studies show (and most of us can attest from personal experience) that strategically placed short naps increase worker efficiency and effectiveness. This can translate to higher and better worker output even with fewer hours actually worked.

Granted, sleeping on the job is not always a feasible or convenient option for every worker. Nevertheless, it is heartening to see that more employers are choosing to engage the sleep-deprivation challenge by doing something for their employees instead of taking the more standard approach of pretending the problem does not exist. In these days of increasing competition for quality employees and increasing choosiness among prospective job candidates, every extra perk is worth the effort.


About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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