How Sleep-Deprived Employees Hurt Business

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-05-10 Email

A clear majority of employees aren't getting enough sleep, and their constant exhaustion is taking a toll on their work performance, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Very few professionals are getting the recommended eight hours of shuteye every night, and many are attempting to function on five hours or less. In many cases, they lay awake at night because they can't stop thinking about work. In the end, companies suffer along with their sleep-deprived employees due to a resulting decline in motivation and productivity, along with occasional absenteeism. "Rest is an undervalued necessity these days," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "We see more and more workers check into the office at all hours of the day, give up vacation time and work even when they're sick. Yet, it's not necessarily making us more productive, and companies are starting to recognize that. We're starting to see companies put more emphasis on employee wellness and work-life balance, whether it's providing designated 'nap rooms' for employees, encouraging them to take advantage of their vacation time or simply giving them more flexibility in their work schedules." More than 3,250 U.S. employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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