Wow! Imagine if your boss told you that he would PAY YOU to sleep! Would you get to bed earlier?
Employees at health insurance giant Aetna can bring home up to $300 a year if they get at least seven hours of sleep per night. The voluntary program launched last year as part of the firm’s larger effort to promote wellness in its offices.
In an interview this week, Aetna spokesman T.J. Crawford detailed the goals of the program and how it works.
“Having a well-rested and more present workforce is a win for everyone — our employees, our members and our shareholders,” Crawford told The Huffington Post.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults 18-64 years old get between seven and nine hours of nightly rest. But data from the National Health Interview Survey show that 30 percent of American adults get only six hours or less.
Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can affect a person’s productivity, creativity and ability to focus.
According to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini “You can get things done quicker if people are present and prepared. You can’t be prepared if you’re half-asleep,” he added later that focusing on employee wellness can boost a business’ revenue. “It’s going to show up in our bottom line and the Street’s confidence that we can do it quarter, after quarter, after quarter; year after year.”
Here’s how the program works: For every 20 days an Aetna employee reports sleeping at least seven hours, he or she can earn $25 — up to $300 in total. If you don’t have a calculator handy, that would take 240 nights of good sleep.
Employees can sync a FitBit or similar health-tracking device to the company’s wellness program platform to have their sleep automatically tracked — or they can manually enter how much they sleep each night. The company has also set up a Tumblr page with sleep tips, videos and resources.
How freaking amazing is that?! Sign me up!