Shiftwork & The Workplace

Sleep Management for The Workplace

While sleep mostly happens in home environment, the consequences of either a good or a bad night's sleep will inevitably impact on the workplace.  Top executives like Jeff Bezos of Amazon insist on their full quota because they know they will be more productive the next day. 

It isn’t only the international jet-setters who have to struggle with their jet lag.  Shift work is jet lag by another name, as is having a new born baby at home, or being kept awake by anxiety.  

Whether a trigger happens within the work environment or at home, there will be consequences for the organisation.  It is therefore in the management's best interest to provide what support they can to employees.  It has been proven that there will be a significant cost benefit to the organisation for helping employees on this matter (up to £2,750 per employee, per annum in large companies).

These key elements are all affected by a lack of sleep (even with a reduction of as little as 20-60 minutes):

  • Creativity
  • Intelligence
  • Memory (& learning)
  • Effort
  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness
  • Emotional stability
  • Sociability
  • Honesty
  • Risk taking / poor decision making

This half day, inexpensive course delivers the invaluable principles of sleep management for all employees, including those with young children.  It makes lifestyle recommendations for employees as well as working environment recommendations (what kind of lighting should you have in the workplace?).

Additional one-to-one guidance is also available for those with an existing insomnia condition and/or anxiety.  These are not included within the half day course.


Shift Work

There is now a growing volume of research that shows how traditional shift work rotas have a significant harmful impact on both the mental and physical health of employees.   Very often, these rota patterns have been inherited from previous generations of management without questioning their validity.

At present, there are no specific regulations dictating how night shifts should be structured.  However, this is likely to change as the growing evidence highlights just how damaging an ill-considered rota can be on employee health.  Forward looking companies are already taking advice and implementing change.

Benefits for employers:

  • Reduced risk taking and accidents
  • Lower staff turnover
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved employee motivation and efficiency
  • Happy employees!

Benefits for employees

  • Feeling less tired / more energy
  • Working the shifts that suit your natural body rhythm
  • Reduced anxiety / positive mood (improved mental health)
  • More consistency for planning your personal life
  • More control over eating habits
  • Reduced risk of serious long-term ill-health

Half a day is all that’s needed to teach your team the scientifically researched principles.  You can then implement your new rota.  On this course you will learn:

  • General best practice for sleep management
  • The principles behind a healthy shift work rota