Sleeping on the Job

We have a “busy” epidemic. People
brag about how busy they are and how
little sleep they get. STOP! Sleep is a vital
part of our human functioning and we
need more not less! Yes, you may have to
work a long night or do a project that
keeps you up and that is fine periodically
but when that becomes the norm, it will
work against you.
Why you need sleep!
Better safety and performance. Poor
sleep slows reaction times, which
increases the risk for injuries. With more
sleep, you will make fewer mistakes and
function at a higher level and assignments
can get done quicker and more
efficiently.
Brighter mood. Employees with more
sleep typically are in a better mood,
which is also contagious for the rest of the
office. When you’re tired, you are less apt
to want to deal with people issues, are
more subject to conflict and are apt to
get irritated quicker.
Less tardiness. Employees who don’t
sleep enough tend to hit the snooze
button three times before they get up,
causing them to be rushed in the morning.
With reduced sleep, you are more likely to
arrive late and/or disheveled. With more
sleep, you will be less groggy, more timely
and be seen as a more valued employee.
Better Health. With less sleep, the
immune system dramatically plunges
causing you to get sick more easily. Your
“germs” can quickly spread to the people
you work with. Adults who sleep six or
fewer hours are more likely to be obese,
have diabetes, coronary heart disease,
and stroke. Sleep strengthens the immune
system and you can better ward off a
cold and other infections. You will then
take fewer sick days, earn more money
and maybe even have more PTO (Paid
Time Off) for fun events.
Easier Learning. Part of a job is to learn
new things. The more you learn, the more
you earn and you need a sharp mind to
keep developing. If you are tired, you
may not be able to fully comprehend and
cultivate new skills; and thus, fall behind or
become confused when new methods,
new systems and new procedures are
introduced.
Sleeping is beneficial for both you,
fellow employees and bosses. So throw in
the pillow and get some shut eye and
encourage others to sleep more!