January 14, 2015

Ceridian Promotes Healthy Sleep Habits With LifeWorks Sleep Coaching

Poor Sleep Costs Organizations $63 Billion Annually In Lost Productivity

Minneapolis, MN, January 14, 2015 – Ceridian announces the launch of a new LifeWorks wellness offering: sleep coaching. The sleep coaching program provides research-based information and support on healthy sleep practices that can easily be incorporated into an individual’s daily routine.

Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on both mental and physical health. Insufficient sleep has been linked to cold causing rhinovirus susceptibility and more seriously to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension, obesity, diabetes and immune function deficiency. In relation to these health concerns, insufficient sleep is an expensive proposition, costing organizations an estimated $63 billion annually in lost productivity with each employee losing 7.8 days of work, an average of about $2,280 in salary according to Harvard Medical School.

“Getting enough sleep is an important pillar of health, along with diet and exercise,” says Anne VanBronkhorst, vice president of LifeWorks Wellness Services at Ceridian. “Workplaces have under appreciated sleep. In fact, according to a recent Ceridian LifeWorks survey, more than 30 percent of human resource leaders have witnessed or heard about a co-worker falling asleep on the job in the past six months. This general disregard for sleep can have negative repercussions on individuals and their employers, including poor health and attendance, poor productivity and increased healthcare costs. The LifeWorks sleep coaching program is an important part of an employers overall wellness strategy, giving organizations a means to promote good sleep hygiene – a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness.”

With LifeWorks coaching, individuals who are interested in taking control of their lives with specific goals to live the life they envision can access a team of certified coaches who will walk with them along the road to change. Focusing on exploring individual strengths, LifeWorks sleep coaching helps guide motivated participants through life transitions, sleep challenges and healthy sleep habits.

Ceridian LifeWorks champions the notion that a good night sleep is vital for engaged, productive employees. Other related healthy sleep resources available include an eBook on the topic, an infographic and whitepaper entitled: Workplace Wake-Up Call: Pulling Back The Covers On Sleep Deficiency.

About LifeWorks

The LifeWorks service is a comprehensive EAP, Work-Life, and Wellness program that helps organizations improve employee health and wellness, increase employee engagement, and improve productivity. LifeWorks provides employees and family members with access to telephonic, in person and online services to address personal and work related issues. Employers realize returns in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, lower turnover, and reduced health care costs.

 

Media Contact:
Donna Teggart
905-947-7251 (c) 647-388-2464
Donna.teggart@ceridian.com