Nearly 20 per cent of the Kingdom’s workforce said they have to sacrifice sleep to accommodate both personal and work commitments, either by waking up early or burning the midnight oil, an international report said on Wednesday.
The study, conducted by Regus, compiled its findings via interviews with more than 24,000 businesspeople from over 90 countries during September 2012.
“Globally 35 per cent of workers are sleeping less than they wish in order to fit in all their commitments , while in Jordan, 20 per cent of workers are sacrificing sleep to fit in work and personal commitments,” Joanne Bushell, Regus vice president for Middle East and Africa, said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times.
“Lack of sleep is clearly detrimental to worker health and happiness, with long working hours closely linked to heart disease,” Bushell added.
Twenty per cent of the workers surveyed in the study said a shorter commute and greater flexibility of location would give them more time to spend with their families as well as to catch some “extra shut-eye”.
“This survey shows that allowing employees to work closer to home in professional and fully efficient environments can have an important impact on family life. But the benefits are not just for workers; firms too can improve productivity and retention by introducing flexible working,” the statement quoted Bushell as saying said.
“Yet, in spite of the win-win benefits that flexible working can bring to both employee and the company side, there is evidently still plenty of grounds for improvement as half the firms in Jordan do not recognise or reward managers for encouraging the creation of a flexible workforce.”
According to the report, 60 per cent of the surveyed firms are rewarding management for encouraging a flexible workforce.
Meanwhile, 80 per cent of the target sample said businesses can also benefit from introducing greater flexibility.
Founded in Brussels in 1989, Regus is a global organisation currently headquartered in Luxembourg with business centres in 95 countries.