The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A U.S. company is paying employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra if they sleep at least seven hours a night. They will get just over a dollar for each night they sleep over seven hours. The idea is to improve employee performance. Human resources officials say employees work better if they sleep well. A workforce that is more rested means the company will perform better. Staff can record their sleep automatically using a wrist monitor, or manually record how long they have slept every night.



A number of studies warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the average U.S. worker loses 11.3 working days of productivity a year from a lack of sleep. It estimates that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep enough. A 2015 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 of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive extra pay if they do more 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. insurance
  2. get just over a dollar
  3. The idea is to improve employee
  4. Human resources
  5. A workforce that is more
  6. the company will
  7. Staff can record their sleep
  8. manually record
  1. rested
  2. automatically
  3. for each night
  4. how long they have slept
  5. company
  6. officials
  7. perform better
  8. performance

Paragraph 2

  1. A number
  2. not sleeping
  3. affect our ability to
  4. the average U.S. worker loses 11.3
  5. a lack
  6. the US economy loses
  7. staff who slept less
  8. extra pay if they do more
  1. working days
  2. $63.2 billion a year
  3. enough
  4. than seven hours
  5. of studies
  6. exercise
  7. of sleep
  8. do our job

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A U.S. company is paying employees (1) ___________________. Staff at the (2) ___________________ Aetna will get $300 a year extra if they sleep at least seven hours a night. They will get just (3) ___________________ each night they sleep over seven hours. The idea is to improve (4) ___________________. Human resources officials say employees work better if they sleep well. A workforce that is (5) ___________________ the company will perform better. Staff can record their sleep automatically using (6) ___________________, or manually record how long they have slept every night.

A number of studies (7) ___________________ sleeping enough can affect our (8) ___________________. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the average U.S. worker loses 11.3 working (9) ___________________ a year from a lack of sleep. It (10) ___________________ US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep enough. A 2015 study in Europe found that (11) ___________________ than seven hours per night did much less work than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive (12) ___________________ do more exercise.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AU.S.companyispayingemployeestosleepmore.Staffattheinsurance
companyAetnawillget$300ayearextraiftheysleepatleastsevenhours
anight.Theywillgetjustoveradollarforeachnighttheysleepoverseven
hours.Theideaistoimproveemployeeperformance.Humanresources
officialssayemployeesworkbetteriftheysleepwell.Aworkforcethatis
morerestedmeansthecompanywillperformbetter.Staffcanrecordthe
irsleepautomaticallyusingawristmonitor,ormanuallyrecordhowlong
theyhaveslepteverynight.Anumberofstudieswarnthatnotsleepingen
oughcanaffectourabilitytodoourjob.TheAmericanAcademyofSleepM
edicinesaidthattheaverageU.S.workerloses11.3workingdaysofprod
uctivityayearfromalackofsleep.ItestimatesthattheUSeconomyloses
$63.2billionayearbecauseworkersdonotsleepenough.A2015studyin
Europefoundthatstaffwhosleptlessthansevenhourspernightdidmuc
hlessworkthanworkerswhohadeightormorehoursofsleep.Thestaffat
Aetnaalsoreceiveextrapayiftheydomoreexercise.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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