The Importance of Sleep – Productivity Series | Innovative Office Solutions

A crucial component of stellar productivity is proper sleeping habits.  In this second installment of our Productivity Series – we focus on Sleep.   

Sleep is one of the most important, yet under appreciated, keys to productivity.  By not focusing on this essential part of our daily lives – we are only doing further damage to our productivity – and health – as a whole.

According to the CDC, 35 percent of Americans report regularly getting less than the recommended amount 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  Arianna Huffington, of The Huffington Post, preaches the importance of sleep herself.  By not getting proper sleep, not only are you damaging your body for the long and short term, but your output at work as well.

Harvard suggests that “sleep deprivation was a significant factor in the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, as well as the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.”

Accidents due to sleep deprivation can also be attributed to events on a less disastrous level.  According to the Institutes of Medicine, “over one million injuries and between 50,000 and 100,000 deaths each year result from preventable medical errors, and many of these may be the result of insufficient sleep.  Doctors, especially newly graduated interns, are often expected to work continuous shifts of 24 to 36 hours with little or no opportunity for sleep.”  A decrease in productivity due to sleep-related issues not only effects an employee’s workload output, but can also cost companies thousands – even millions.

According to a study published in 2010, within the data taken from participants, $54 million roughly $1,967 per employee within this study could be expect to be lost annually.  Estimated costs linked to productivity decreases ranged from $1,293 to $3,296

Like any employee or business owner you are now most likely thinking, “I wonder how much money we’re losing due to sleep deprivation?”  Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for you.

However, we do have a few ideas on how to encourage proper sleeping habits throughout your office – ultimately leading to increased productivity.

Increased Workplace Flexibility

  • Allowing more flexible start and end times may help contribute to positive lifestyle behaviors.  Their are many benefits to a more flexible work schedule other than increased sleeping patterns and productivity,  but those two are essential reasons to start incorporating a more flexible work schedule.

Workplace Education Programs

  • Educate employees on the importance of proper sleeping habits, and how they can improve life both at home – and at the office.  Make it clear that occasional sleep loss and fatigue are expected, but teach employees on how to safely and effectively function while “running on empty”.  Topics such as regular exercise, proper nutrition, and manageable workloads could all be covered in depth as they are a few important elements when looking to improve sleeping habits.

 

Getting more sleep is often times easier said than done.  However,  as long as you’re more conscious of how important proper sleeping habits are, the more likely you are to change your current habits.  There are plenty of reasons to get into a better sleep routine – saving your employer thousands, increasing workplace safety, and keeping your sanity – that it is up to you to put the proper actions in place.

 

 

 

Working out…at Work! | Innovative Office Solutions Implements Workout Days at the Office

Exercising at the workplace

The Innovative Office Solutions Wellness Committee runs a number of office-wide programs, one of which started as Workout Wednesday. On any particular Workout Wednesday, a personal trainer comes to the office and holds two group sessions using exercises that are designed to increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. 

To compliment healthy eating habits during the holiday season, exercise is crucial to losing, and keeping off, weight.  If you’re serious about getting in shape this holiday season, exercise need not be overlooked.  Although diet accounts for 80% of losing weight, there is still the other 20% that needs to be accounted for.  Companies are doing whatever they can to help employees increase overall wellness, with some even implementing in-office exercise programs.  Innovative Office Solutions is one of those companies.

Innovative Office Solutions “Workout Wednesdays” was so popular, participation quickly skyrocketed and the program was expanded to include another day of the week – “Workout Friday”. Where “Workout Friday” lacks in alliteration, it makes up for in providing employees multiple workout sessions per week. A trainer comes in for two sessions on Wednesdays, and one session on Fridays. Most recently, employees got together to start a “Yoga Mondays” class as well.  The classes focus mostly on body weight exercises and those involving dumbbells, bands, or Swiss balls.  Employees were at first surprised by the degree of workout you could get with simple equipment mixed with body weight exercises.

Innovative Office Solutions has seen participation in its exercise classes steadily increase.  Creating and promoting a health-conscious environment in the workplace motivates others to be more active while at work.  Participants can have a “workout buddy”, are shown proper form, and have the peace of mind knowing that they’re being active a few days a week at least.   

Employees contribute a small monetary sum to have “skin in the game”, as Innovative Office Solutions subsidizes the exercise programs. The amount employees contribute is significantly less than a gym membership, or what someone would pay for a personal trainer, and it helps increase accountability and motivation because of their financial investment.  

An added benefit to the program is that the exercise classes occur at midday, providing an even break to the workday, ensuring that employees are up and moving to become reenergized for the afternoon while fitting into everyone’s busy schedule.  More importantly though, “workouters” get to wear casual attire on workout days!

The benefits are clear – exercising at work can help boost morale, break up the day, and ultimately lead to a healthier workplace environment.  

Does your workplace have a similar program in place?