Is Sleep Deprivation Affecting Your Small Business?

April 25, 2016 Pete Jansons


If your employees seem a little sluggish these days, it’s probably not be your imagination: According to recent findings from CareerBuilder, more than half of workers (55 percent) in small businesses feel they don’t get enough sleep.

If you don’t think these findings affect you, think again: 59 percent say lack of sleep has a negative impact on their work.

The top negative effects of sleep deprivation include:

  • It makes the day go by slower
  • It makes me less motivated
  • It makes me less productive
  • It affects my memory
  • It makes me crabby with co-workers
  • It takes me longer to complete tasks
  • It makes me make mistakes

Another unsettling finding? Work may partially be to blame for those baggy eyes: 45 percent of workers in small businesses say thinking about work keeps them up at night. More than half of workers (52 percent) even dream about work, with 12 percent saying it happens “always” or “often.”

Lack of sleep could also be affecting attendance, as 21 percent said they have called in sick just to catch up on sleep.

So what can you do to prevent sleep deprivation from negatively affecting your workplace? Here are a few tips:

  • Check in with employees regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) to see how they are handling their workloads and gauge their stress levels.
  • Encourage them to take advantage of vacation time so they have a chance to recharge when needed.
  • Help them create a better work/life balance. If possible, allow employees to be more flexible with their schedules. Some might work better by coming in late and leaving later. Others may enjoy the chance to work remotely a few days a month.

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