The Reading / Listening - Level 3

A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year added to their salary if they get at least seven hours of sleep a night. That works out to just over an extra dollar for each night the employee sleeps over seven hours. The idea behind this scheme is employee performance. Human resources officials say employees will work better if they have slept well. They add that a workforce that is more awake and alert will mean the company will perform better. Staff can either record their sleep automatically using a wrist monitor that connects to Aetna's computers, or manually record how long they have slept every night.



There are a number of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the average worker in the USA loses 11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for one worker. It estimates that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours a night. A 2015 study in Europe by the Rand Corporation found that staff who slept less than seven hours per night were far less productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive extra cash if they do exercise.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SLEEP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about sleep. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       company / employees / insurance / salary / scheme / officials / awake / alert / record
       studies / ability / average / productivity / estimates / billion / extra / cash / exercise

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SLEEP SALARY: Students A strongly believe people should get paid to sleep longer; Students B strongly believe that's silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PRODUCTIVITY: How can workers do more at work? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Sleep
  • Internet
  • Breaks
  • Training
  • Awards
  • Meetings
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5. EMPLOYEE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "employee". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. EXTRA PAY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to get paid for at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • being nice
  • volunteering
  • tidying
  • not taking breaks
  • sleeping longer
  • helping others
  • good ideas
  • studying

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Workers at a U.S. company are getting $300 a month to sleep longer.     T / F
  2. The company is paying workers to sleep to improve performance.     T / F
  3. A worker will get $7 per night for sleeping more than seven hours.     T / F
  4. Workers can only get the extra cash by wearing a wrist monitor.     T / F
  5. The average U.S. worker loses 11.3 days of holiday a year.     T / F
  6. A lack of sleep costs companies an average of $2,280 per worker.     T / F
  7. The US economy loses $63.2 bn a year because workers sleep too little.  T / F
  8. Workers at the company also get extra cash if they exercise.     T / F

 

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. employees
  2. salary
  3. scheme
  4. alert
  5. monitor
  6. affect
  7. average
  8. far
  9. productive
  10. extra
  1. ordinary
  2. detector
  3. a lot
  4. workers
  5. additional
  6. aware
  7. pay
  8. useful
  9. plan
  10. change

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. insurance
  2. That works
  3. a workforce that is more
  4. using a wrist
  5. manually
  6. not sleeping enough can
  7. loses 11.3 working days
  8. the US economy
  9. far
  10. receive extra
  1. of productivity a year
  2. less productive
  3. monitor
  4. company
  5. cash if they do exercise
  6. awake and alert
  7. loses $63.2 billion
  8. affect our ability
  9. record how long
  10. out to just over an extra dollar

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
scheme
employees
monitor
out
well
manually
insurance
alert

A company in the USA is paying its (1) ____________ to sleep more. Staff at the (2) ____________ company Aetna will get $300 a year added to their salary if they get at least seven hours of sleep a night. That works (3) ____________ to just over an extra dollar for each night the employee sleeps over seven hours. The idea behind this (4) ____________ is employee performance. Human resources officials say employees will work better if they have slept (5) ____________. They add that a workforce that is more awake and (6) ____________ will mean the company will perform better. Staff can either record their sleep automatically using a wrist (7) ____________ that connects to Aetna's computers, or (8) ____________ record how long they have slept every night.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
estimates
ability
far
productivity
studies
extra
staff
average

There are a number of (9) ____________ that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our (10) ____________ to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the (11) ____________ worker in the USA loses 11.3 working days of (12) ____________ a year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for one worker. It (13) ____________ that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours a night. A 2015 study in Europe by the Rand Corporation found that (14) ____________ who slept less than seven hours per night were (15) ____________ less productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive (16) ____________ cash if they do exercise.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A company in the USA is paying its employees ______
     a.  to sleeps more
     b.  two sleeps more
     c.  to sleep more
     d.  to sleep amore

2)  Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year ______ salary
     a.  add did to their
     b.  added to their
     c.  add it to their
     d.  addled to their

3)  That works out to just over an extra dollar ______
     a.  for each nights
     b.  four each nightly
     c.  for each night
     d.  four each night

4)  Human resources officials say employees will work better if they ______
     a.  have slept well
     b.  have slept wells
     c.  have slept swell
     d.  have slept dwell

5)  manually record how long they have ______
     a.  sleeping every night
     b.  slept every night
     c.  sleep every night
     d.  sleeps every night

6) studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability ______
     a.  to do our job
     b.  to done our jobs
     c.  to do your job
     d.  to done our job

7)  the average worker in the USA loses 11.3 working days ______ year
     a.  of productivity the
     b.  of proclivity a
     c.  of promiscuity a
     d.  of productivity a

8) loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep more ______ night
     a.  then seven hours a
     b.  than seven hour a
     c.  than seven hours a
     d.  than seven hours the

9)  staff who slept less than seven hours per night were _______ productive
     a.  for less
     b.  fare less
     c.  four less
     d.  far less

10)  The staff at Aetna also receive extra cash ______ exercise
     a.  if they done
     b.  if they doing
     c.  if they do
     d.  if they due

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company in the USA is paying its employees (1) ___________________. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year added to their salary if they (2) ___________________ seven hours of sleep a night. That works out to just over (3) ___________________ each night the employee sleeps over seven hours. The idea behind this scheme is employee performance. Human (4) ___________________ say employees will work better if they have slept well. They add that a workforce that is more (5) ___________________ will mean the company will perform better. Staff can either record their sleep automatically using a wrist monitor that connects to Aetna's computers, (6) ___________________ how long they have slept every night.

There are a number of studies that warn that not sleeping (7) ___________________ our ability to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that (8) ___________________ in the USA loses 11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for one worker. (9) ___________________ the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours a night. A 2015 study in Europe by the Rand Corporation found that staff (10) ___________________ seven hours per night (11) _______________ productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive extra cash if (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. How much extra money can workers get for sleeping more?
  2. What is the idea behind this scheme?
  3. Who said employees would work better after more sleep?
  4. What will perform better if workers are more awake and alert?
  5. What kind of monitor can workers use to record their sleep?
  6. How many days of productivity does the average worker lose a year?
  7. How much does a lack of sleep cost companies per worker?
  8. How much does a lack of sleep among workers cost the US economy?
  9. What did the Rand Corporation do in 2015?
  10. What else can the insurance company workers do to get more money?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How much extra money can workers get for sleeping more?
a) $250
b) $300
c) $350
d) $400

2) What is the idea behind this scheme?
a) sleep
b) happiness
c) savings
d) employee performance

3) Who said employees would work better after more sleep?
a) human resources officials
b) workers
c) the company CEO
d) researchers

4) What will perform better if workers are more awake and alert?
a) robots
b) machines
c) the company
d) the product

5) What kind of monitor can workers use to record their sleep?
a) a head monitor
b) a wrist monitor
c) an eye monitor
d) a snoring monitor

6) How many days of productivity does the average worker lose a year?
a) 11.3
b) 13.1
c) 33.1
d) 31.1

7) How much does a lack of sleep cost companies per worker?
a) $228
b) $22,280
c) $2,280
d) $12,280

8) How much does a lack of sleep among workers cost the US economy?
a) $63.2 billion
b) $36.2 billion
c) $62.3 billion
d) $23.6 billion

9) What did the Rand Corporation do in 2015?
a) produce a report
b) sleep
c) increase productivity
d) lose money

10) What else can the insurance company workers do to get more money?
a) attend meetings
b) play football
c) eat
d) exercise

Role play

Role A —Sleeping longer

You think sleeping longer is the best reason to get extra salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't deserve extra salary. Also, tell the others which of these should never get extra salary (and why): helping others, being nice or not taking breaks.

Role B —Helping others

You think helping others is the best reason to get extra salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't deserve extra salary. Also, tell the others which of these should never get extra salary (and why): sleeping longer, being nice or not taking breaks.

Role C —Being nice

You think being nice is the best reason to get extra salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't deserve extra salary. Also, tell the others which of these should never get extra salary (and why): helping others, sleeping longer or not taking breaks.

Role D —Not taking breaks

You think not taking breaks is the best reason to get extra salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't deserve extra salary. Also, tell the others which of these should never get extra salary (and why):  helping others, being nice or sleeping longer.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'insurance'

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  • and 'company'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • number
    • average
    • 11.3
    • 63.2
    • far
    • extra
    • added
    • least
    • idea
    • well
    • alert
    • manually




    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 - Company pays its workers to sleep

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'sleep'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of sleep?
    5. Should everyone be paid to sleep longer?
    6. What are you like if you do not sleep enough?
    7. Why do people like sleeping?
    8. What is a waste of time about sleeping?
    9. Should there be more education about sleeping well?
    10. Should all TV stations shut down at 11pm (like the old days)?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Should everyone monitor their sleep?
    3. What can companies do to make sure workers sleep well?
    4. Should workers who fall asleep at work lose pay?
    5. Why is it difficult for people to get 7 hours of sleep?
    6. Are there more things nowadays to stop us sleeping?
    7. What are the health benefits of sleeping?
    8. Would you take a sleep pill if it could keep you awake?
    9. What do you like most about sleeping?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A company in the USA is (1) ____ its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year added to their salary if they get at (2) ____ seven hours of sleep a night. That works (3) ____ to just over an extra dollar for each night the employee sleeps over seven hours. The idea (4) ____ this scheme is employee performance. Human resources officials say employees will work better if they have slept well. They add that a workforce that is more awake and (5) ____ will mean the company will perform better. Staff can either record their sleep automatically using a (6) ____ monitor that connects to Aetna's computers, or manually record how long they have slept every night.

    There are a (7) ____ of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the average worker in the USA (8) ____ 11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not (9) ____ enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for one worker. It estimates that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours a night. A 2015 (10) ____ in Europe by the Rand Corporation found that staff who slept less than seven hours per night were (11) ____ less productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive (12) ____ cash if they do exercise.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     paid     (b)     pay     (c)     pain     (d)     paying    
    2. (a)     late     (b)     lost     (c)     last     (d)     least    
    3. (a)     up     (b)     out     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    4. (a)     opposite     (b)     above     (c)     behind     (d)     in front of    
    5. (a)     alert     (b)     late     (c)     elate     (d)     orate    
    6. (a)     wrist     (b)     whist     (c)     writs     (d)     waste    
    7. (a)     whole     (b)     total     (c)     figure     (d)     number    
    8. (a)     loses     (b)     loosens     (c)     lassos     (d)     leases    
    9. (a)     gets     (b)     getting     (c)     gotten     (d)     got    
    10. (a)     office     (b)     room     (c)     study     (d)     bureau    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     fir     (c)     far     (d)     fur    
    12. (a)     extravert     (b)     extra     (c)     extracts     (d)     extras

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     that staff who slept less than seven hours per night were far less productive than workers who had eight or

    (    )     connects to Aetna's computers, or manually record how long they have slept every night.

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    (    )     11.3 working days of productivity a year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies

    (    )     more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive extra cash if they do exercise.

    (    )     about $2,280 for one worker. It estimates that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because workers do not

    (    )     well. They add that a workforce that is more awake and alert will mean the company will perform

    (    )     job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the average worker in the USA loses

    (    )     There are a number of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our

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    Put the words in the right order

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    5. night   they   Manually   have   record   slept   how   every   long   .
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    8. for   one   worker   This   costs   companies   about   $2,280   .
    9. sleep   seven   night   not   than   a   do   more   hours   Workers   .
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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    There are a number for / of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our / ours ability to do our job. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that the avenged / average worker in the USA losses / loses 11.3 working days of productivity a / the year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for once / one worker. It estimates that the US economy loses $63.2 billion a year because / cause workers do not sleep more over / than seven hours a night. A 2015 study in Europe by the Rand Corporation found that staff who slept less than seven hours per / par night were far less productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep. The staff at Aetna also receive extra cash / cache if they do exercise.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a company in the usa is paying its employees to sleep more staff at the insurance company aetna will get $300 a year added to their salary if they get at least seven hours of sleep a night that works out to just over an extra dollar for each night the employee sleeps over seven hours the idea behind this scheme is employee performance human resources officials say employees will work better if they have slept well they add that a workforce that is more awake and alert will mean the company will perform better staff can either record their sleep automatically using a wrist monitor that connects to aetna's computers or manually record how long they have slept every night

    there are a number of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our job the american academy of sleep medicine said that the average worker in the usa loses 113 working days of productivity a year because of not getting enough sleep this costs companies about $2280 for one worker it estimates that the us economy loses $632 billion a year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours a night a 2015 study in europe by the rand corporation found that staff who slept less than seven hours per night were far less productive than workers who had eight or more hours of sleep the staff at aetna also receive extra cash if they do exercise

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ceiveextracashiftheydoexercise.

    Free writing

    Write about sleep for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All workers should be paid to sleep seven hours or more. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about sleep and working. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SLEEP: Make a poster about sleep. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. SLEEP SALARY: Write a magazine article about getting paid to sleep. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on sleep. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can sleep better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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