company in USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at insurance company Aetna will get $300 year added to their salary if they get at least seven hours of sleep night. That works out to just over extra dollar for each night 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 workforce that is more awake and alert will mean company will perform better. Staff can either record their sleep automatically using wrist monitor that connects to Aetna's computers, or manually record how long they have slept every night.
There are number of studies that warn that not sleeping enough can affect our ability to do our job. American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that average worker in the USA loses 11.3 working days of productivity year because of not getting enough sleep. This costs companies about $2,280 for one worker. It estimates that US economy loses $63.2 billion year because workers do not sleep more than seven hours night. 2015 study in Europe by 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. staff at Aetna also receive extra cash if they do exercise.