Keep Your Employees Up & At ‘Em! by Jessica Hodges
Brendon Schenecker, founder and CEO of Travel Vegas offers a few fair tips in his recent Forbes contribution about how to prevent employee sleep deprivation at work. The goal of respecting each employee’s sleep cycles accomplishes two important things: 1) on a general note, employees will feel more energetic when tackling their workload, and 2) employees will feel personally invested in supporting and sustaining a company that appears to care about them (aka- they’ll plain ol’ just work harder!).
The pulse of Schenecker’s advice is rooted in his ability to sympathize with the weighty individual struggles- from family concerns to stressful office workloads- that each employee carries on his or her shoulders every day.
1) Allow for shift flexibility or create a schedule lock: The sleep patterns of each employee varies. While the sleep rhythms of some employees can adjust to a locked in work schedule (9am-5pm), others find that their performance peaks later on in the day. As long as your employees are putting in the necessary amount of hours into their work week, trust them to determine and establish their optimal hours for getting the job done.
2) Let your employees take a nap: Yup! You read that right. Apparently, companies like Google and Proctor & Gamble have seen positive results in their “nap studies.” Pretty snoozy, right!?!
3)Encourage teamwork: Sleepy workers often forget little details here and there. Team members keep one another on their feet, mentally focued and inspired. Having your employees work in small, enthusiastic teams is definitely a great way to combat sleepiness.
4) Educate: Some employees might be plain unaware of how their sleep pattern is affected by their daily activities. For instance, Schenecker explains, “they might not realize the effects that a late-night drink with caffeine can have, or they might not really understand how to tell if their sleep is really recuperative.” Memos, pamphlets, one-on-one conversations and general staff meetings, Schenecker suggests, are great means of informing employees about preventing sleep deprivation.
5) Climate control: Work spaces that are too hot or cold can stunt the productivity of employees (I’ll be the first to admit that when the Shoplet office is too cold, my fingers type waaay slower & my energy level plummets). Make sure that you maintain your office environment at a comfortable, breathable temperature.
6) Cap overtime: While there’s a great deal of dedication exhibited through employees who opt to work overtime, make sure that you cap their ability to work over-over-over-time. Overworked employees are at risk of losing sleep & often enter work with less vivacity the following day.
7) Revamp your break room selection: Break rooms are often stocked with sugary cookies, granola bars, and fatty chips. Not only do these foods fail to satisfy hunger for long periods of time, but they also cause sugar crashes! Long lasting energy from nutritional sources like apples, bananas, and Greek yogurt are worth the investment – by switching out processed foods for colorful fruits and veggies, your employees will be healthier, less hungry and better fueled when tackling their tasks.