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Workplace Implications of Sleep

Sleep is a foundational element in determining one’s overall health and quality of life, with the average adult requiring at least seven hours of sleep per night for the best health and wellbeing.  Even though most people know this, sleep is severely undervalued in our culture, as revealed in a 2013 Gallup poll which showed that 40% of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep per night.  What many people may not realize is that a lack of sleep leads to negative physical, mental and emotional consequences that have direct and meaningful implications in the workplace.  

 What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

When you don’t get enough sleep, your heart rate increases, you lose your ability to concentrate, your short-term memory suffers, and your physical performance may be impaired.  With a lack of sleep, you also experienced increased feelings of hunger and crave unhealthy foods, which can lead to weight gain and a host of other health issues.

How does a lack of sleep impact work?

The side effects of not getting enough sleep are more than just a nuisance—they can be job hazards and can significantly lower productivity and morale in the workplace.

Drowsy driving is a significant workplace risk related to a lack of sleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2015 there were 90,000 traffic accidents involving drowsy drivers, leading to an estimated 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths.  Beyond driving-related accidents, fatigue and a lack of alertness are contributing factors in many workplace incidents. Others who work with heavy machinery or power tools, or in dangerous work zones, face clear safety concerns when fatigued.

Sleep impacts more than just safety. Employers should note the impacts of sleep on their workplace culture.  The quality and quantity of sleep impacts employee morale, productivity and overall health.  A lack of sleep leads to a ‘get-through-the-day mentality’, while people who have good sleep health report feeling more effective at getting things done each day.

Getting enough rest is vital for a safety and health and will make workers more productive. To learn more about sleep, the science behind sleep habits and the impacts of sleep on your work and overall quality of life, listen to the recent webinar from our Scott Risk Performance Team.

ACA Ruled Invalid in Federal Court, Will Remain Pending Appeal

Healthcare Reform

Last Friday, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the reduction of the individual mandate penalty to $0 in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed at the end of 2017. The reduced penalty is scheduled to go into effect beginning in 2019.  As I discussed during our webinar following the midterm elections, this ruling was not unexpected. The White House has stated that the law remains in place, pending appeal, so there is no substantive change at this time.  This case is expected to eventually be heard by the Supreme Court and the constitutionally of the law will once again be determined by our nation’s highest court.  

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Personal Umbrella Insurance Coverage

Umbrella Insurance

At Scott, our Personal Insurance team is committed to helping individuals and families protect their hard-earned assets.  Our dedicated team of professionals provides the highest level of service and world-class insurance coverage, including:

•  Home, including coastal properties and estates
•  Auto, including antique/classic vehicles
•  Motorcycles, ATVs and RVs
•  Boats, yachts and personal watercraft
•  Private aviation
•  Jewelry, fine arts, guns, private collections, etc.
•  Flood and earthquake
•  Workers’ Compensation for domestic staff
•  Professional liability
•  Personal umbrella policies

While most people are familiar with the more common coverages of home and auto insurance, another important coverage that we highly recommend for our clients is a personal umbrella insurance policy. 

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Scott Performance Thinking Resources

At Scott, we strive to create and add value for businesses. We provide expert insights and technical knowledge to help solve problems, create change and improve performance in the areas of risk management and employee benefits.

As a reader of our blog, we hope this has been your experience and that the content our team provides on a regular basis helps inform and elevate your thinking surrounding these critical components of your company’s culture and overall performance.

We’d like to introduce you to some additional free Performance Thinking resources from Scott that can help you improve your business.  

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Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Election

Yesterday’s historic election saw the most voter turnout for a midterm ever in the United States, and today both Republicans and Democrats are claiming victory. While there are still many votes being counted and races still to be decided, it’s clear the Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives and the Republicans have increased their majority in the Senate.

At this point, Democrats appear to have gained 30+ seats in the House of Representatives and Republicans will increase their Senate majority by three to five seats. This outcome was expected by many and was predicted by polling in recent weeks.

How will the shift in power impact employer-sponsored healthcare?  

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