In a Harvard Business Review article by Bronwyn Fryer, studies show Sleep Deficit in the workplace is causing health and safety issues.
Seems businesses that are requiring their executives to work more than 60 hours a week are causing an increase in the number of exhausted executives and employees walking around ready to fall out from sleep deprivation.
I can agree since from the studies I have done with a number of people who are in this situation at work. I find two root causes to why business owners or executives promote this behavior or, in the Harvard Business Review report shows, do not want to do anything about it.
It seems that the employees of these companies carry some of the blame for letting this problem get out of hand. Most of the time junior executives feel that in order to get a head and make it to that illusive corner office they have to out perform everyone else. The only way to do this is to work longer hours and product more than their peers. These longer hours are causing more problems than it is worth and I am telling my clients that the corner office may be a reward for all of the long hours, but ask them, how many hours will you have to work to keep the corner office?
I found that most of the problem is caused by owners or senior level executives of the business not wanting to hire the needed employees to get the jobs done in a timely, effective and high quality manor. This forces the junior executives and the entire employee base to have to double up on the lenght of the workday to get the work done. Also long processes of unnecessary documentations of the productive produced causes additional hours to the day to just show proof of what they were producing is also causing undue psychological damage.
The reason for this behavior has been going on for centuries and it distills down to greed. Keeping operations budgets lower by keeping payroll and associated employee benefit cost down keeps the senior level managers bank account loaded since whatever cuts to operations budgets that can be made usually produces their annual bonus.
So, most causes of sleep deficit or sleep deprived executives and employees could be stopped if business owners would hire enough employees to produce the needed services or products. This one single action would not only increase productively but would also improve quality and morale which improves the return margins and profit loss ratio.
So, put the coffee cup down and do something healthy for your body and your business.
Scot Duke, President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies.