The research of Rand Europe reveals that sleep deprivation is a main cause of employee absence and decreased productivity in the workplace. Many employees simply just don’t turn up to work due to being tired. It is important to note that there is likely an important reason employees are losing sleep, and it is also important to note that encouraging employees who are suffering sleep deprivation to attend work can be dangerous.
On average in the UK, 200,000 working days are lost per annum due to sleep deprivation. This is at a cost of £40bn.
Employees sleeping under 6 hours a night should increase it to 6-7 hours, the UK’s economy would then boost a £24bn.
What can employers do as well as stressing the importance of sleep:
- Discourage the excessive use of electronic devices after working hours
- Nap facilities (if appropriate)
- Provide advice and encourage consistent wake up times
- Encourage exercise
In comparison to Canada, Germany, Japan and the US, the report shows:
- The UK loses 200,000 working days, costing £40bn (1.86% of GDP)
- The US loses 1.2 million working days, costing $411bn (2.28% of GDP)
- Japan loses 600,000 working days, costing $138bn (2.92% of GDP)
- Germany loses 200,000 working days, costing $60bn (1.56% of GDP)
Employers, if you’ve noticed sleep deprivation causing employee absence and a lack of productivity, call Wurkplace and a consultant can implement effective procedures to manage staff performance, lateness and absence. Call 0844 7050 811 or get a quick quote.
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