To mark World Sleep Day, Manchester tech firm UKFast is using a combination of initiatives to lead the fight against exhausted workforces.
Tiredness affects memory, creativity and innovative thinking, although a 30-45 minute nap at lunchtime can help boost productivity in the afternoon and enable employees to deliver their best work. With this in mind, UKFast has installed sleeping pods in its office and says they already make a huge difference to the team.
Firms also need to limit the amount of work their teams take home with them and reduce their stress levels while they are in the office, which at UKFast is supported with free yoga sessions, an office gym and a number of different fitness classes.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “The pods are like stepping into your own private sanctuary, away from the buzz of the office. They have soundproofing and mood lighting and you can play music in them. It’s our responsibility as an employer to make sure our team have everything they need to be healthy and happy at work. That includes giving them a place to get away and switch off when they need to.
“It’s proven that a nap during the working day improves productivity, so it makes perfect sense to give our team that opportunity.”
The average Brit misses out on an entire night’s worth of sleep each week. Only 8% of us wake up every morning feeling genuinely well-rested. One fifth of GP appointments focus on feeling tired.
Back in 2016 Rand Europe found that sleep deprivation costs the UK economy £40billion per year, thanks to the issues with productivity, focus, and physical and mental health caused by a lack of sleep.
Offering workers the time and space to nap when they need to could be a part of that approach; accepting that a productive, focused worker napping for twenty minutes then working for seven hours could be better than a tired worker slogging away for the full day without pause.
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