Bangalore: All work and no proper sleep makes Indians very dull people. Over a third of workers in India, estimated to 31 percent have reported that they have sacrificed their sleep to keep their personal and work commitments, by waking up early or slogging late at nights, reported Hemali Chhapia for TNN.
41 percent workers highlight that a shortened commute and 36 percent believe that greater flexibility of location would give them the extra time to spend with family and make up for the snooze time they missed. It’s been noted that even businesses can benefit from adding flexibility which enhances productivity by 69 percent and assists in retaining staff by 84 percent.The world's largest provider of flexible workplaces, Regus conducted the global survey where more than 24,000 business people were interviewed from over 90 countries and has some key findings.
Madhusudan Thakur, Regional Vice-President, South Asia, Regus said, “With 11 percent of Indians having taken time off due to sleep deprivation, it is vital all businesses address the issue immediately,” as reported by TNN.
The report claims, “A shorter commute and more flexibility over work location would help them spend more time with their families, finally spelling an end to sleepless nights filled with catching up on work or personal tasks that couldn't be squeezed into the day.”
One of the key finding in the survey was that globally 29 percent of workers sacrifice sleep to fit in all their commitments. In India 31 percent of workers are sleep deprived to fit in both their work and personal commitments. 22 percent of respondents feel that they have to overcompensate for time taken off for personal matters from work.
Thakur said, “This survey shows that allowing employees to work closer to home in professional and fully efficient environments can have an important impact on family life and provide workers with a few more minutes' kip each morning,” as reported by TNN.The report also mentioned in 2013 the number of mobile workers in the U.S. is expected to grow to 119.7 million.
The flexibility can mainly benefit working mothers who will be able to better accommodate work and family demands.
Thakur said, “But the benefits are not just for workers, and firms can also improve productivity and retention by introducing flexible working. Yet, in spite of the win-win benefits that flexible working can bring on both employee and company side, there is evidently still plenty of grounds for improvement as 40 percent of Indian firms do not recognize or reward managers for encouraging the creation of a flexible workforce,” as reported by TNN.
It’s well known fact that a good sleep leads to more productive work. By implementing certain simple ways by which the workers can get that extra sleep they crave for is a bonus even for the companies if these changes can be accommodated.