WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY – April 27, 2015 – Eighty-five percent of employees report they are losing sleep due to work-related stress, according to a survey by global talent mobility consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison. The study found that only 15% rarely or never experience troubled sleep.
The negative impact of work-related stress on sleep can lead to a downward spiral on performance at work, from lost productivity, to impaired decision making, illness, frayed nerves and mistakes.
In March 2015, LHH surveyed 714 workers throughout the U.S. via an online poll and asked “Is work-related stress negatively impacting your sleep?” The results are as follows:
Jim Greenway, Executive Vice President at Lee Hecht Harrison stated, “The negative impact of work-related stress on sleep can lead to a downward spiral on performance at work, from lost productivity, to impaired decision making, illness, frayed nerves and mistakes. It’s imperative that managers are watching and listening for cues that might signal if stress is impacting the heath and performance of their employees.”
Organizations can take direct actions to increase the resilience of their workforce so that employees are better able to manage stress. Greenway stated, “A company can create the right conditions to ensure employees not only are equipped to cope with stress, but can bounce back, maintain productivity and thrive. This may mean providing learning tools that help employees build personal resilience capabilities, from examining responses to change, understanding the underlying forces shaping the current environment, tapping into support resources and setting goals for moving forward. In fact, positive stress can even spur heightened productivity in a healthy way.”
Greenway suggests that companies look for ways to integrate stress-reducing behaviors into the workday. “Long working hours are frequently cited as the top cause of work-related stress. Consider whether you need to set boundaries on email or institute scheduled breaks for walking or relaxing. The important thing is to make sure employees have adequate time to decompress—and that it is supported by managers—so that they come to work healthy, energized and at the top of their game.”