An Australian bed manufacturer has taken employee well-being to a whole new level by allowing each of them to take home an expensive gift.
It’s not uncommon for employers to enhance employee productivity and well-being with small tokens of appreciation.
It’s usually something like a free lunch or an early Friday lunch, but one Australian company has gone to great lengths to make sure its employees come to work happy and refreshed.
Queensland-based adjustable bed maker Solace Sleep has gifted many of its employees with brand-new mattresses, which retail for around $6,000, to ensure they get quality sleep.
Solace Sleep CEO Darren Nelson said he wants his employees to be able to go home after work and get a good night’s sleep.
Speaking to news.com.au, he said the idea to offer new beds to employees came from talking to employees about their own sleep.
“The fact that we are doing sleep makes sense that we should practice what we preach. We recognize the value of sleep and we recognize the fact that if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be able to perform at your best,” said Mr. Nelson.
“When we started talking to the staff and they started contacting us too, we knew we needed to do something about it.”
The majority of Sunshine Coast’s employees now sleep on Solace Sleep beds, which means the company has donated over $100,000 worth of mattresses to its employees.
Mr. Nelson said the response from staff has been overwhelmingly positive.
Asked by a staff member how he feels about his new bed, the staff member said that, like any new therapeutic product, it takes time to get used to, but now he loves it.
“It takes all his pins and needles off his shoulders. Because if you are uncomfortable, that is, there is pressure somewhere on your body, you will toss and turn all night, and if you toss and turn all night, you simply will not fall asleep deep enough,” Mr. Nelson said.
“So by removing that pressure point, we allowed him to fall into a deeper sleep. And he’s obviously quite happy.”
The Solace Sleep decision follows the release of new data showing that four out of ten Australians do not get enough sleep.
Sleep Health Foundation report. found that 7.4 million Australians often suffered from insufficient sleep in fiscal year 2016-17, with sleep deprivation linked to more than 3,000 deaths in the same period.
Sleep deprivation also comes with significant financial hardship, with the total cost of inadequate sleep estimated at $66.3 billion in 2016-2017.
This includes health care costs, productivity losses, informal care costs, and welfare losses.
Improving sleep health in the country requires encouragement and enabling behavior change
and raising awareness of adequate sleep practices and sleep disorders,” the report says.
“A concerted national approach is needed to address inadequate sleep as the vast, diverse and costly problem that it is, and to address it through behavioral change and increased
awareness of sleep states and their treatment.
The report notes that while it will take time to effectively change the sleep pattern in Australia, it will help reduce the massive negative impacts of inadequate sleep currently having on the country.
Originally published as Australian bed maker donates $100,000 to employees