The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A U.S. insurance company is paying workers to sleep more. Staff will get $300 a year extra if they sleep more than seven hours a night. This idea is to make employees work better. Human resources officials say employees work better if they sleep well. The company will then perform better. Staff can record their sleep automatically using a wrist monitor, or record how long they have slept every night.



Many studies show that not sleeping enough affects our ability to do our job. The average U.S. worker loses 11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not sleeping enough. The US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because of this. A study in Europe found that staff who slept less than seven hours per night did much less work than workers who had eight or more hours. Workers at Aetna also get extra pay if they exercise.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36641119
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aetna-pays-employees-to-sleep-more_us_570e78abe4b03d8b7b9f1712
  • http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2016/04/06/why-aetna-pays-employees-hundreds-of-dollars-to.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. insurance
  2. paying workers
  3. Staff will get $300 a
  4. sleep more
  5. This idea is to make employees
  6. Human resources
  7. The company will then perform
  8. using a wrist
  1. work better
  2. than seven hours
  3. to sleep more
  4. monitor
  5. better
  6. company
  7. officials
  8. year extra

Paragraph 2

  1. affects our ability
  2. The average U.S. worker
  3. 11.3 working days of
  4. because of not sleeping
  5. The US economy loses $63.2 billion a
  6. staff who slept less than
  7. did much
  8. get extra pay
  1. seven hours per night
  2. enough
  3. less work
  4. to do our job
  5. if they exercise
  6. loses
  7. year because of this
  8. productivity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A U.S. insurance company is paying (1) ___________________ more. Staff will get $300 (2) ___________________ they sleep more than seven hours a night. This (3) ___________________ employees work better. Human (4) ___________________ say employees work better if they sleep well. The company will then perform better. Staff (5) ___________________ sleep automatically using a wrist monitor, or record how long they have (6) ___________________.

Many studies show that not sleeping (7) ___________________ our ability to (8) ___________________. The average U.S. worker loses 11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not (9) ___________________. The US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because of this. A study in Europe (10) ___________________ who slept less than seven hours per night did much less (11) ___________________ who had eight or more hours. Workers at Aetna also (12) ___________________ they exercise.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AU.S.insurancecompanyispayingworkerstosleepmore.Staffwillget$
300ayearextraiftheysleepmorethansevenhoursanight.Thisideaisto
makeemployeesworkbetter.Humanresourcesofficialssayemployees
workbetteriftheysleepwell.Thecompanywillthenperformbetter.Staff
canrecordtheirsleepautomaticallyusingawristmonitor,orrecordhowl
ongtheyhaveslepteverynight.Manystudiesshowthatnotsleepingeno
ughaffectsourabilitytodoourjob.TheaverageU.S.workerloses11.3w
orkingdaysofproductivityayearbecauseofnotsleepingenough.TheUS
economyloses$63.2billionayearbecauseofthis.AstudyinEuropefoun
dthatstaffwhosleptlessthansevenhourspernightdidmuchlessworkth
anworkerswhohadeightormorehours.WorkersatAetnaalsogetextrap
ayiftheyexercise.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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