The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Professional Productivity and Leadership

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Saskia Constantinou
Journalist, Cyprus
It is well known that sleep deprivation has resounding effects and is obviously an individual, personal issue in our increasingly hyper connected world. But more recently the need for sleeping has also become a focus of companies and organisations. How many employees feel the need to constantly be ‘online’ and checking emails and replying to them out of work hours? Journalists for example need to be on an almost continual 24/7 call to breaking news… Research has shown that sleep-deprived brains lose the ability to make accurate judgments which can have serious consequences. That's why Mark Bertolini, the former CEO of Aetna, a large health care benefits company, made global headlines when he implemented an innovative programme where he paid his employees up to US$500 a year to get more sleep. Bertolini recognised the strong link between sleep, employee productivity and increased company profits. Following his directive, it was found that Aetna employees improved their productivit (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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