The good sleep of US insurance company Attana brings material benefits of up to $ 300 a year.
The company has concerns about the impact of sleep deprivation on the performance of its employees, and therefore encourages workers to participate in a program that gives them a reward in the event of sleep for at least seven hours per night.
And employees participating in this system can get $ 25 for every 20 nights they sleep seven hours or more, no more than $ 300 every 12 months.
The company introduced this system in 2009, and about 12,000 people participated in it last year, out of a total of 25,000 employees in the company, compared to 10,000 people in 2014.
Employees can automatically record their sleep using a wrist strap that connects to the company’s computers, or manually record the number of hours of sleep each night, and the company trusts their data.
Kai Mooney, Vice President of ATNA Employee Benefits, says the sleep system represents “one of the different healthy behaviors we want our employees to have.”
The employees of the company receive additional financial incentives in the event of exercising.
With regard to the sleep program, Mooney says, Etna wants to appear as a “living laboratory” to see if that works for big companies as well.
But are you concerned that employees may get financial incentives without going to sleep for the number of hours agreed?
“We are not worried and confident about our staff,” says Mooney.
Etna’s commitment to ensuring that its employees get enough sleep comes at a time when a number of studies warn that not sleeping long enough can greatly affect the ability to work.
In the United States alone, the worker loses an average of 11.3 working days or $ 2,280 of productivity each year due to sleep deprivation, according to a 2011 report by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The report notes that this leads to the loss of the US economy 63.2 billion dollars annually.
Meanwhile, a European study by the Rand Corporation in 2015 said, “Employees who sleep less than seven to eight hours each night were less productive than employees who slept more than eight hours per night on average.”
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, warned last year that not getting enough sleep could cause the disease.
The researchers found that people who sleep less than six hours each night are “four times more likely to develop a cold when they are exposed to the virus.”