Tips for Employee Productivity
Night Shift: Napping Your Way to Productivity
problems can make you fall asleep on the job. Twenty-five percent of
America's night shift workers have had such an experience. Taking a nap
before you go to work can help you stay awake, improve your
effectiveness, and, more important, reduce your risk of an accident on
the job. Here are some tips to make every minute of your nap before work
Plan Ahead: Avoid greasy meals and caffeine at dinner and
don't smoke after your meal. Avoid alcohol with dinner. After a natural
sedation effect from drinking, your body recoils with a slightly
agitated nervous system. This will interfere with a nap. For the same
reason, don't use alcohol to go to sleep.
Find the Right Time:
Keep a log and begin experimenting with your naps. Before going to work
at night, take a nap at about 1 p.m. (this assumes you aren't sleeping
at this hour). Move this forward 30 minutes until you find the right
time. Your body's natural sleep/wake cycle (also called the circadian
rhythm) may produce a subtle but natural craving for a nap between 1
p.m. and 4 p.m.
Don't Overdo It: Try a 20-minute nap, or a
longer 90-minute nap. Between 20 minutes and 90 minutes people typically
enter a deeper sleep cycle. Awaken yourself fully before doing anything
Helping Your Injured Coworker Bounce Back
Welcome a recovering "light-duty" worker back on the job and help yourself, your coworker, and your employer all win with better relationships and reduced costs by remembering:
Donít coax a light-duty worker into participating in a restricted duty. Recovering workers who appear fit for duty may be vulnerable be being coaxed into work assignments beyond what's medically recommended. They may find it difficult to say no and risk re-injury or even permanent disability.
Never accuse your coworker of "taking advantage" of an injury to get out of work, or even worse, of "faking it." Don't participate in conversations with others about the legitimacy of a coworker's injury. Always assume your injured coworker wants to return to full duty, not experience pain and limitations.
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