IHC Feature: A Sound Way to Improve Employee Performance and Decision Making


The following is a summary of an article featuring FusionHealth Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer published by the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC) on May 2, 2016

Several well known, major workplace accidents such as Chernobyl, the Challenger explosion and the Exxon Valdez oil spill have been directly associated with sleep deprivation. Research has shown that a lack of sleep and poor quality sleep negatively impact employee performance. Sleep deprived individuals have a 2.9x greater chance of causing a workplace accident and are 3.6x more likely to engage in safety compromising behavior. Additionally, operating on fewer hours of sleep affects alertness, creativity, and problem solving abilities.

An increasing problem among workers is the phenomenon called presenteeism. Individuals may show up to work tired, and while they’re physically present, their mental focus is not on the job. As a result, each fatigued individual can end up costing a company up to 8 lost days per year in productivity. Research has shown that when individuals are sleep deprived moral judgment can also be compromised. This can lead to costly decisions that impact a company’s reputation and brand perception. As a result, companies are looking for ways to inhibit and combat sleep-related fatigue in the workplace.

Progressive companies like Google and Zappos are currently promoting healthy sleep to their workers. Companies such as these implement blackout policies, extended breaks, and better-suited shift hours to certain employees in order to ensure employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. This, in turn, promotes workplace accident prevention. FusionHealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Durmer, describes how sleep impacts employee function, and what companies can do to promote healthy sleep amongst their workforces.

Read the full article published by the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism here.

Sound Advice for Managing Fatigue to Improve Productivity & Decision-Making