5. Encourage daily exercise.
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that people struggling with sleep deprivation who walk for 45 to 60 minutes in the morning experienced a more restful night of sleep.
Not only does exercise tire you out, but it can also relieve stress and anxiety—which are sleep’s worst enemies.
Consider starting up a step or activity challenge as part of your employee wellness program to help employees get active.
6. Consider workplace napping allowances.
Over recent years, workplace napping has actually grown in popularity. Industries that provide around-the-clock services, with long and overnight shifts like healthcare or manufacturing, a dedicated space for brief naps and breaks can promote health and reduce accidents and mistakes.
If you see that your employees are sleep deprived, encourage them to take a nap. Whether it’s breaking away for some rest at a scheduled break or mealtime, napping can be a great way to boost your employees’ energy at work and help them know that their sleep and well-being are a priority to you.
7. Set the standard for prioritizing rest and recovery at the management level.
In some competitive work environments or seasonal periods of busyness, it may seem fair to trade off sleep for the additional work you think you're accomplishing.
But this argument isn’t based on sound logic. Going to bed later to squeeze out a little more work leaves you more tired and less engaged the next day and can become a vicious cycle.
Make sure management at all levels of the organization prioritize their own rest and set the right example for their employees. Here are some examples of what this could look like:
- Using and encouraging the use of paid time off, declining meetings and turning off notifications while during their off days.
- Discouraging work outside of regular working hours or off days.
- Only responding to emails and messages during scheduled hours.
We’re here to help your workforce improve their health and well-being, even during COVID-19.
At Bravo, we’re aware of the challenges this pandemic has created for your workforce, and our focus is to help employees maintain both their physical and mental health.
Being able to support your workforce during times like these is essential to establishing or strengthening a culture of wellness in your organization and enabling employees to achieve their personal and professional best.
Download these employee well-being resources that will help employees manage their stress and create a healthy routine that supports quality sleep.
Learn more about Cleveland Clinic Coaching, a suite of 15 programs that help participants improve their physical and mental health. Help your employees get to the root cause of their sleep issues with lifestyle and behavioral improvements with one-on-one support.