Sleep-deprived workers are costing the UK economy £40bn a year and even face a higher risk of death, says a recent study by Rand. The calculation is based on tired employees being less productive, or absent from work altogether, due to workplace stress.
Stress is an inevitable by-product of any working environment. On a daily basis, employees experience stress from a whole host of workplace activities and stressors, such as impending deadlines, lapses in communication and workload pressure.
Despite the fact that stress affects each individual differently, continued high levels of stress can have a serious impact on the physical and emotional health of employees, in some instances, leading to cases of high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. So it's extremely important for employers to tackle stress in the workplace head-on by taking the necessary measures to effectively reduce levels of stress and sleep deprivation.
Excerpt from The Gazette, read the full article here