Hospitality has been described as the most sleep deprived profession in the UK, coming above banking, construction, retail and transport.
Data from bed manufacturer Sealy, which questioned 5,000 working people from across the UK (including 830 from the hospitality industry) revealed that 14% of hospitality staff have had a recent accident at work due to feeling tired, above the national average of 11%.
Over half (63%) of hospitality workers also said they regularly lost their temper because of tiredness, while 28% claimed they suffer a lack of productivity, and 86% would function better at work if they slept better.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of people working in hospitality regularly experienced a low mood or depressed feeling due to lack of sleep.
Sealy has called for bosses to “put sleep at the top of their agenda” and is working with Kate Russell of Russell HR Consulting to produce a ‘common sense’ guide for bosses to better manage sleep deprived staff.
Neil Robinson from Sealy said: “There are of course occasions when staff are tired as a result of staying up too late or burning the candle at both ends. However, this campaign is about helping bosses make that distinction, as well as encouraging a common-sense approach to effectively managing sleep in the workplace.”
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