Earn Money Whilst Sleeping
For employees of American insurance group Aetna, it pays to sleep. Employees can earn money whilst sleeping for several hours per night, up to a maximum of $300 (£225) per year.
The US firm are so concerned about the impact of sleep deprivation on productivity, that it encourages its workers to join a sleep scheme which rewards them for getting a minimum of seven hours sleep per night.
Staff who join the scheme can earn $25 for every 20 nights in which they sleep seven hours or more, up to a maximum of $300 every 12 months.
The scheme was introduced in 2009, and now sees 12,000 of Aetna’s 25,000 employees participate, an increase from 10,000 in 2014.
The system is run on an honour system, with employees trusted to manually record how long they have slept each night.
Vice-president of Aetna’s employee benefits, Kay Money, says that the sleep scheme is “one of the many different healthy behaviours we wanted staff to track”.
Aetna’s commitment to ensuring employees get adequate sleep comes at a time when studies warn that not getting enough sleep can significantly impact our ability to do our job.
A report carried out by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2011 found that in the US alone, the average worker loses 11.3 working days or $2,280 (£1,700) of productivity per year due to sleep deprivation.
The report calculates this as an annual loss of $63.2 billion for the US economy.
This sleep scheme is one of many methods that large companies are now embracing to ensure that their staff are at maximum productivity. Earlier this year Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, launched The Sleep Revolution, a campaign which emphasises the importance of sleep and has seen companies introduce ‘nap rooms’ to the office landscape.
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