I came across the article: Clocking off: the companies introducing nap time to the workplace. The article goes on to discuss the stigma attached to sleep, with it historically being seen as a sign of weakness and those that arrive to work earlier are held in higher regard.
However, as organisations modernise and more research is completed on the subject, in many workplaces it is being recognised as an effective way to increase productivity and ensure that staff remain motivated to work. The findings produced highlight that employees are able to work at optimum efficiency when well rested and the quality of their output is decreased as a result of fatigue.
“Sleep loss can seriously damage your health. “There isn’t really any aspect of your health, mind or wellness that isn’t dependent on sufficient sleep,” (Anne Cassidy, 2017, www.theguardian.com) But it’s the impact it has on productivity that is starting to make some companies revise attitudes to sleep and rest. Lack of sleep costs most developed nations 2% of their GDP, which for the UK equates to £40bn.”
With that in mind, while I would like maintain a positive frame of mind and believe that organisations are addressing this for the good of their employees. However this does surface a cynical argument to suggest this is all about strategically getting more out of their staff. Either way it’s win win for both parties so is definitely worth exploring by any organisation.
So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?
For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.
It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.
The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.
With reference to the article being discussed specifically, Rota Horizon is the tool designed to tell you when staff are working and when they are not. So this includes highlighting when they are on their break whilst at work.
Understanding when these break periods are taking place and measuring productivity from when these are taken, will provide the necessary feedback to reinforce any decisions an organisation makes with reference to company culture around shift times.
“An afternoon nap can help improve performance without interfering with night-time sleep, according to Rita Aouad, psychiatrist and sleep specialist at Ohio State University. “Lots of research shows that a nap of about 20 minutes in the afternoon has a positive effect on attention vigilance mood and alertness,”
Rota Horizon allows you to record when staff take breaks, there is event he flexibility within the system to say the can take up to an hours worth of breaks in a shift at their choosing. This works in line with the benefits that the article suggests organisations could reap, by allowing staff to further recuperate during their shit improving performance as a result.
Below highlights how a shift would be set up within the system. In the bottom right you can see the allocation of the shift to a break. These can be set for specific times or you can just produce a report that will advise of when any breaks were taken against that planned shift. Implementing this for a short period of time will be enough to establish whether this will prove beneficial to the organisation or not.
So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by Clicking Here and providing the details requested.
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