Skip to main content
Blue @ Work

Are your employees getting enough sleep?

Decision-making can be impacted by tired workers.

There are many published studies noting a lack of sleep can negatively impact your employees' health and well-being. In addition to decreasing their productivity at work, chronic sleep issues can lead to other consequences like increasing the risk of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and depression. But, did you know that prolonged sleep deprivation can also impact your employees' decision-making?

A recent study External Link found that people who are consistently tired make more impulsive and risky decisions compared to their well-rested selves. More importantly, the test subjects didn't even recognize that their lack of sleep had any impact on their decision-making behaviors. 

Your employees' lack of sleep could have some serious consequences

Whether your employees are out on the manufacturing floor, offering customer service support, leading strategic projects or analyzing business data and reports, mistakes caused by sleep deprivation can snowball into bigger issues and can impact your bottom line.

Risky and impulsive decisions External Link caused by prolonged sleep deprivation can negatively impact your employees, but the decisions ultimately impact the population your organization serves. American workers are increasingly strapped for sleep — and the ones grappling with life-or-death decisions on the job might be most likely to get poor shut-eye, a recent study External Link says. In fact, it's believed that accidents like the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez oil spill External Link were results of over-tired workers. No one wants a surgeon, teacher, contractor, financial analyst or first responder to be low on sleep — especially when you're the end-user.

Getting the appropriate amount of sleep has been proven to improve mood, the ability to learn and focus and can help to increase productivity. Studies have also shown that sleep impacts physical reflexes, fine motor skills and judgment — important factors for any workplace.

How can you help educate your workforce about the importance of sleep?

You can't afford for your employees to make risky or rushed decisions when on the job, so use these tips to help promote better sleep and sound decision-making:

Educating your employees on the importance of sleep is not only crucial for the well-being of your workforce, but also has great impact on the performance, productivity and success of your organization.