Employee insomnia results in 11.3 days of lost productivity per year, according to Harvard research. Here's how to help employees eliminate some of the stress that causes them so many sleepless nights—and protect your organization’s productivity.
• Stop emailing them after hours. According to researchers at the University of Florida, Michigan State University and University of Washington, employees who monitor their phones for work reasons after 9 p.m. are more tired and less engaged at work the next day. Worries over workload and other problems keep them up at night. Unless an emergency comes up, don’t send emails after 6 p.m. You can draft the messages but wait until the next morning to send them.
• Be respectful, fair and reasonable. A study conducted by the University of Washington found a direct correlation between insomnia and. Treat employees right and they will have less to worry about.
— Adapted from “The Average Worker Loses 11 Days of Productivity Each Year Due to Insomnia, and Companies Are Taking Notice,” Jena McGregor, www.washingtonpost.com.