Flexibility in the Work Place is Also Healthier

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Staying on top of work duties and having a social and family life often means that we sacrifice sleep. It may feel like it’s worth it to get extra hours out of your day, but it’s not good for you.

“In the absence of sufficient sleep, we are not as attentive or alert,” says lead researcher Orfeu M. Buxton, associate professor of bio-behavioral health at Penn State. “We process information more slowly, miss or misinterpret social and emotional cues and decision making is impaired.”

So we were excited to see this article in Fast Company: HOW A FLEXIBLE WORK CULTURE COULD SOLVE OUR SLEEP PROBLEMS.

Here are the highlights:

New research shows that in order to gain a good night’s sleep and better-balanced lives, work culture needs to change.

Researchers gave 474 employees more flexible schedules and then followed them to measure how it impacted the rest of their lives. They were allowed to sleep in and work from home, eliminating a stressful rush hour commute, and could adjust work around for time zone differences without adding to the load. Employees weren’t judged—silently or otherwise—if they weren’t sitting at desks from exactly 9am-5pm every day. After a year, researchers found that workers were getting an hour more sleep per week. But most importantly, they felt like they were getting a better nights’ sleep.

This is especially important news as:

Movability Austin is assisting employers with tools and support services needed to deploy greater work place flexibility – and maybe have even more productive teams.

 

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