Though sleep is not something you typically do at work, work schedules and job stress affect sleep, and poor sleep can affect job performance and safety at work. Fatigue can have deadly consequences for some workers, including police officers, firefighters, truck drivers and healthcare workers.
Poor sleep has impacts on employee health and well-being that can negatively affect an employers’ bottom line.
In fact, sleep deprivation increases the chances of workplace injuries by 70%. This is partially due to tired workers being less able to concentrate on workplace safety guidelines.
Sleep-related workplace safety issues, including accidents and injuries as well as long-term health consequences of poor sleep, like heart disease, may require multiple days away from work, large insurance claims and increased draw on workers’ compensation benefits. That’s costly for both workers and employees.