Regardless of the type of business you are in you want your employees to arrive at work refreshed and ready to put in a full day of work for you once they arrive. You want the best from them and expect them to be healthy and well rested. That’s really not asking for too much. Recently, there’s been a lot of publicity about sleep apnea and workplace productivity and the potential of one to adversely affect the other. Sleep apnea and workplace productivity are important enough that the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating and putting policies in place in some industries.
If someone is unable to get restful sleep at night they will not be able to perform well the next day. There are many people — some of them your employees — who are always tired but don’t know why. They blame the mattress, the spouse, or the kids. They blame stress, the job, or even you, the boss. The very fact that they’re not sleeping well is cause enough for concern. We can assure you that if they’re not getting restful sleep then you are not getting the level of workplace productivity from them that you could be getting.
There is no doubt that there’s a correlation between sleep apnea and workplace productivity and the negative impact sleep apnea has on production. This is why it’s imperative that the employees who appear lethargic and sluggish be seen by their medical physician at the earliest opportunity. Not only are they producing less for you than they could, they are also a hazard on the job, especially where equipment is in use. We urge you to give this the attention it deserves.