Lack of sleep can seriously affect your job performance
“I’m sorry that we have to let you go, but we need someone who’s actually awake on the job.”
The company’s 3:00 meeting is hours away and you are propping your head up now. How are you ever going to get through a boring presentation in a stuffy boardroom? Maybe you will run out for some fresh air and a dark roast extra large coffee to rejuvenate yourself. Then again, maybe you will just curl up under your desk and hope no one notices you missing . . .
Fatigued employees are costing organizations and companies billions of dollars in lost productivity. What does that mean for you? It could equal the loss of your job! Caffeine-stimulated and sleep deprived employees have an awful rate of job satisfaction. With no other major obstacle present, lack of sleep alone can lead them to hating their jobs. That news isn’t too promising for employers, given the general workforce is getting less sleep on average.
Research shows people unsatisfied with their jobs leave their companies at a higher rate than those happy and committed to their positions. Tired employees are more likely to miss work and have an increase in absenteeism. Both as a coping mechanism and due to health-related problems, employees will fail to show for work.
If you think your job performance is being affected by a sleep disorder, fill out our online questionnaire, and we will get back to you with recommendations for your specific situation.
Are you dealing directly with customers?
If your position requires you to deal directly with clients and customers, being tired this can negatively impact your company’s bottom line. The connection between happy employees and satisfied customers is obvious although sleep deprived workers are virtually alienating customers.
When you are tired, your mind and body aren’t functioning at normal capacity, making it hard to get through your work day. You lack concentration – routinely making mistakes, showing your impatience with co-workers and showing apathy toward your job.
Lack of attention and fatigue, lead to more on-the-job accidents and lead to errors in judgment. This lack of judgment can lead to dire consequences for you and your company. You or someone you know might be in a position that requires you to operate machinery, drive vehicles and use tools and electric gear. A slight impairment in your judgment – too slow a reaction time, a miscalculation of distance – can lead to grave harm and even death.
Let us know about your sleep problems, and we will work together to find a sleep solution, such as an orthotic or snoring device, that will work for you. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Westman.