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Insomniac workers costing their employers

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Across the U.S., workers are not getting enough sleep. It is beginning to affect productivity.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University, the average worker loses 11.3 days’ worth of productivity per year due to insomnia. This is the monetary equivalent of $2,280, or $63.2 billion nationwide.

Why are America's workers having so much trouble sleeping? The researchers came up with a number of potential theories. They argued that many employees are simply stressed out and are up all night worrying about work. Some are checking their work emails on their smartphones after 9 p.m., at which point both the stress and the bright LCD screens are disrupting sleep patterns. The researchers also suggested that health problems like diabetes and obesity may be contributing factors.

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It's not just employees who can face problems due to insomnia, either. Sleep-deprived supervisors are more likely to be verbally abusive to their workers, leading to further stress that can only harm productivity.

It's tempting for workers to treat sleep like a luxury. They wear their sleep deprivation as a badge honor, as if to prove that they are the hardest workers in the office. The problem is that this is bad for effectiveness and productivity. For this reason, a number of workplaces have begun to invest in new programs and incentives to keep employees from working at all hours and sacrificing sleep, which will ultimately make them more productive and save on labor and healthcare costs.

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Topics: sleep, Healthcare, staying productive

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