OH&S Tips to Help Fight Sleep Deprivation at Work

Wed, Feb 07, 2018

sleep-deprivation-workOccupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is the key to a great environment in the workplace. It helps both employers and staff in decreasing injuries, illness, accidents and even death while working. But, did you know that sleep deprivation is also a major problem that your employees are facing today?

Not getting enough sleep can lead to low communication levels, poor performance, distractions, mistakes, bad moods and poor memory of your staff. Basically, it can greatly affect your employee’s productivity and your bottom line.

So, are your employees getting enough sleep? Well, you can help improve their sleep and wellbeing with these OH&S tips:

3 Tips to Help Your Employees Sleep More

  1. Lessen their workload

Try putting yourself in your employee’s shoes and ask yourself if their workload can be completed within the given working hours. Assess everything that can be done differently. 

  1. Set limitations

If possible, try to encourage your employees to go home on time or have a break. Let them enjoy their work by respecting their time off. Put a limit on overtime hours. And, check with your staff and lend a helping hand by assisting them or guiding them with their tasks. It can make a big difference.

  1. Encourage employees to seek help

If a staff member is struggling with sleep deprivation, sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, anxiety, depression or any other illness, encourage them to see a doctor.

So, try these tips in your workplace today. These seemingly small actions can help improve not only your employees’ work performance but also their wellbeing. And, helping them get even just an hour of extra sleep may make a big difference and lead to a happy and healthier bottom line.