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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Work Performance

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Last Updated on 12 August, 2022

In today’s fast-paced world, working professionals have to deal with numerous responsibilities and face copious amounts of stress daily. Being under too much stress and pressure can hinder their ability to get adequate sleep which is essential for optimal physical and mental performance.

Sleep deprivation is a serious concern, and it can cause many health problems among employees such as -

  • Heart problems
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Impaired memory

Also, a sleep-deprived employee has a higher risk of sustaining injuries from accidents due to impaired alertness.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep daily. However, many busy professionals fall short of those numbers, affecting their performance and productivity at work.

Ways sleep-deprived employees can affect the entire organization

If your employees frequently feel tired at work and cannot focus properly, they are not getting enough sleep.

Healthy and productive employees are valuable assets to an organization and are crucial for its success. But, with poor sleeping habits, employees will have difficulty concentrating and will become inefficient at work.

Research led by Professor Vicki Culpin at the Hult International Business School found that lack of sleep among employees can seriously hinder their ability to perform at their best and affect their mental and physical health.

Here are some ways sleep-deprived employees can affect your organization and why you should pay attention -

Decreased Productivity

Without proper sleep, your employees are likely to feel tired at work. They will have trouble focusing on tasks and learning new things and will be easily distracted. Also, tired employees will be less productive during work hours and will have to take their work home, creating a continuous cycle of poor sleeping habits.

Low employee productivity can cause huge losses for your organization. Without a creative and productive workforce, your company will struggle to keep up with your competitors, and your business will suffer overall.

Also Read - 8 Ways To Increase Employee Productivity In The Workplace

Poor Employee Health

Sleep helps restore and rejuvenate your employees’ bodies and minds. It helps to repair body tissue, synthesize hormones, and contribute to increased immunity. Your employees require adequate sleep, and without it, they will become unhealthy and will not be able to function correctly in their daily lives. Poor sleep habits can cause physical and mental problems that can seriously hinder their performance at work.

If your employees are unhealthy, they will take frequent sick leaves and be absent from work. Ill employees are also likely to be less productive than healthy ones. Moreover, poor employee health will significantly increase your organization’s healthcare expenses.

Increased Absenteeism

As mentioned above, if your employees do not get sufficient sleep, they will become unhealthy, tired, and take more sick leaves. Increased employee absenteeism can affect the bottom line and output of your business. Its impact can be widespread, involving you and your employees as well.

Increased absenteeism in the workplace can also cause massive losses for your company due to low productivity. Furthermore, it can create a negative effect on workplace morale and the workplace environment.

Also Read - The HR Professionals Guide to Employee Absenteeism

Negative Workplace Environment

Sleep deprivation can cause your employees to be stressed and anxious at work. It can also make your employees more irritable and cranky. Such negative behaviors can cause conflicts among your workforce, affecting individual relationships and team productivity. Also, your employees are more likely to make rash decisions when they are stressed or irritated.

Final Words

All these factors can contribute to a very poor and negative work environment, wherein employees are dissatisfied and unproductive. A poor working environment can hamper your business from running smoothly and cause financial losses.

Besides working as a content marketer at Vantage Circle, Shah Alif Ahmed is also an internationally certified nutrition specialist, competitive bodybuilder and a musician. For any queries reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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