Managers wear many hats, some of which may seem counterintuitive at first blush. For example, as an employer, it's well within your purview to worry about things like productivity and employee results. But you may feel as though things like the well-being of your staff extends beyond your concern.
However, it's becoming increasingly apparent that health, wellness and productivity are all closely linked. One factor in particular can have a tremendous impact on how your employees and, by extension, your company as a whole operates – the amount of sleep your workforce is getting.
Current sleep habits are a nightmare
Everyone's grappled before with instances when they weren't able to get as much sleep as they should, but it may shock you to know just how bad the situation is across the country. In fact, employees getting too little sleep isn't just an accepted occurrence, it's quickly becoming the norm.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, around 30 percent of the U.S. workforce reported getting less than 6 hours of sleep on a nightly basis. When you consider that this costs your company in terms of lost productivity, not to mention absenteeism and lack of engagement, this is a significant problem that affects every level of your business. Even more significantly, lack of sleep can be a major contributor to safety-related accidents, endangering your employees and costing your company even more money.
What can be done?
Even if you're aware of the state of the workforce's poor sleeping habits, what can you as a manager or business owner do? Many companies have experimented with different ways to cozy up to better sleep habits, including incorporating sleep coaching into existing company wellness plans. Human Resource Executive Online also cited some companies that are screening workers for potential sleep disorders or other lifestyle factors that could affect the number of hours of shut-eye employees are getting, so those affected can then be referred to therapy or treatment.
While there may not be much you can do in a specific hands-on capacity, it's always a good idea to encourage employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle including plenty of sleep. If you feel you need additional guidance in terms of where your responsibility as an employer starts and ends, PEO companies can help by connecting you with expert HR services professionals.