Magazine article Talent Development

The Struggle for Sleep: A Wake-Up Call for Employees and Their Employers

Magazine article Talent Development

The Struggle for Sleep: A Wake-Up Call for Employees and Their Employers

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There's plenty of work to do, but you can't stop yawning at your desk. You know you'll be late to the office, but you can't resist getting in an extra 15 minutes of sleep-maybe those extra winks will get you moving.

Or maybe they won't. According to separate, independent studies from CareerBuilder and staffing firm Accountemps, a majority of workers work while tired, and more than half feel that they don't get enough sleep.

Fifty-eight percent of workers told CareerBuilder that they don't get enough sleep, and 61 percent said that the lack of sleep has a negative impact on their work. But some of them can't solve the problem by simply sleeping more, considering 44 percent of workers said that thinking about work keeps them up at night. CareerBuilder found that, as a result, 21 percent of workers have called in sick to get some extra sleep.

"Rest is an undervalued necessity these days," says Rosemary Haefner, chief HR officer at CareerBuilder. "We see more and more workers check into the office at all hours of the day, give up vacation time, and work even when they're sick. …

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