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How To Get Good Quality Sleep

1. Get Rid of All Electronics from The Bedroom

Most electronic devices (with screens on them) produce blue light, hence they are not recommended in the bedroom. Although you may be aware of this, the blue light produced by these gadgets hinders the production of sleep hormones, hence could affect your sleep patterns.  E-readers, laptops, tablets, game consoles, and cellphones shouldn’t be allowed in the bedroom.

In addition to kicking out all the electronic devices from the bedroom (computers and TVs included), you might also have to adjust the position of the alarm clock as well.  This is particularly important for digital alarm clocks as they produce distractive light as well. Make sure the alarm clock faces away from you as well. This should help eliminate anxiety related to gazing at the watch when you should be trying to sleep. Having the clock face away from you also reduces the risk of anxiety, and particularly if you tend to worry about why you aren’t drifting off. Make sure the alarm clock is as far away from the bed and your reach as possible. This should prevent you from snoozing the alarm when it goes off in the morning.

2. Make Sure the Bedroom Is Dark Enough

We all know how disrupting artificial light can be, and especially when trying to get some sleep. Natural light too can be as distracting, which is why you not only need to keep electronic devices out but also keep the light out as well. You may have to switch to blackout blinds or heavy curtains to block the light, and also remove night lights from the bedroom as well. Always remember to turn the lamp off before drifting off.

If you cannot part ways with your cellphone at night, then consider putting it in silent mode, then flip it over with screen-side down immediately after going to bed. Most phones will light up if there’s email notification, incoming text, or push notifications. Keeping the phone flipped over reduces the chances of seeing the screen come to life, hence sleep without any disruptions/distractions.

3. Keep the Room as Quiet as Possible

Any form of noise can disrupt you from sleep. Noise can make it hard for one to drift to sleep, or even stay asleep, one of the reasons you need to ensure your bedroom is as comfortable and quiet as possible. A calm and quiet bedroom makes it easy to sleep like a baby. Soundproofing the room might be the only viable option if the noises are coming from the traffic outside, or a noisy neighbor down the street.

You could also try investing in a sound machine. The sound machine produces mellow and soothing sounds that help mask noises coming from the outside. The soft, soothing sounds produced makes it easy for the brain to relax, helping you drift to dreamland.

Listening to your favorite, but relaxing music can also help you fall asleep. You, however, need to ensure the volume isn’t too loud and also have a timer to help set it off after you have fallen asleep.  Although it might be relaxing to drift off to sleep with your favorite jams playing in the background, you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to blaring sounds of the same music. Have a timer turn it off as soon as you are asleep to avoid disruptions.

 4. Keep the Bedroom Cool and comfortable

Your body temperature will drop naturally as you drift into a deep sleep. Setting the bedroom temperature a few degrees lower than in other rooms can help the body cool off as well. Experts recommend between 60 and 67 degrees in bedrooms for better sleep.

Sleeping naked also makes it easier for the temperature to drop down, and also eliminates the discomfort that comes with sleeping in pajamas or nightgowns. Sleeping naked is fulfilling too. Your mattress can help you keep cool, many mattresses now have breathable materials that help you to regulate your temperature while you sleep. Take a look at these Ikea mattress reviews.

5. Consider Aromatherapy

Introducing certain scents in the bedroom creates a calming and relaxing atmosphere, excellent for winding down and sleep.   These scents will train the brain to enter into relaxation and sleep mode as soon as they hit your nostrils, hence recommended. Some of the best scents to try in the bedroom include vanilla, rosemary, and lavender.

 

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Great Resignation

The world was forever changed in late 2019 when the Coronavirus made its appearance. Countries shut down. Streets were empty. Companies held as best they could or were forced to close their doors. Many would believe that such an event would lead to employees wanting to hold on to their jobs. Typically, large numbers of resignations signify a good economy and abundant availability of jobs allowing people to follow passions instead of necessity.

Post-COVID employee experience is much different.

For two years, and some a bit more, people were forced to spend time alone, realigning the importance of human interaction, well-being, and happiness. This drive for more personal fulfilment, satisfaction, and growth stemmed The Great Resignation.

No longer were employees basing staying with jobs out of need or comfortability. Now they look for work-homelife balance, greater satisfaction and better employee experiences, or they will leave. So how do companies face this? How do they increase employee retention and improve employee engagement?

The secret is in employee experience.

Holistic Employee Experience

There are, of course, no quick fixes for the Great Resignation, small wins can motivate and drive longer-term goals for your organization. The Great Resignation—and COVID by extension—taught many employees that life meant so much more. That the daily grind working in offices with long commutes, stress, lack of rest or relaxation, and the hustle of strenuous work weeks while normal was not conducive to happiness and mental well-being.

But this shift can be used as a blueprint for better employee experience!

Companies who work on being human-centric in ideals, strategies, and decision-making can improve greatly their chances of stemming mass exodus. Post-covid employee experience is now the new golden standard, and it looks at taking a more comprehensive and holistic view of experiences.

How can you be more holistic and how does it help?

  1. Think beyond probationary periods – Your employees are more important than the first 30, 60, or 90 days of employment, and yet many companies stop professional development and training after these dates. Normalize career growth, evaluations, employee 360 reports, and feedback loops to keep learning and advancement in the scope of your employees. While doing this, you’re also keeping your strategies and Key Performance Indicators—KPIs—fresh as you go.
  2. Communication is key – Talk to your employees about what they need, want, desire, and what their ambitions may be. Learn your people like you want them to learn your company. With transparent and open communication, you are engaging with your employees and creating an environment of consistency, openness, and inclusion—aspects employees’ desire.
  3. Employee-centric Corporate Culture – It may seem like the best idea is to center your company culture around the company’s values, vision, and strategies, but this is only half the battle. Integrating employee experience into the fabric of company culture ensures the company is as focused on their employees’ happiness as their own. It creates a bond to grow engagement, which has an effect on employee satisfaction and experience. As these rates increase, so to can employee retention numbers and customer experiences.
  4. Life and work-balance Erasure – Should your employees have to ask for more work-life balance? No, they shouldn’t. When built directly into work environments or expectations, it becomes something standard instead of something to be sought after. Examples of this could be:
    1. Flex hours
    1. Unlimited PTO
    1. Work-from-home or hybrid offerings
    1. Expanded benefits to include mental health and free resources
    1. Altered work hour schedules

Rise of Human Experience

Human Experience is a viewpoint that blends aspects of customer experience with employee experience, important in a post-COVID world. Instead of viewing them as separate entities entirely, companies can connect metrics and measurements of both to view a more comprehensive experience. Employees are customers—or potential ones—and as such, so too can customers become employees. With this view, it refocuses employee experiences in direct answer to the needs stemming The Great Resignation.

Ways you can use CX strategies within EX:

  1. Employee Journey Mapping – Like in customer experience, companies can work on mapping journeys for positions within the company overall, building in professional development and growth from the outset. They can then alter these journeys through personalization when an employee fills that role.
  2. Monitoring metrics – connect goals, milestones, and trajectories with metric directly linked to KPIs. Think employee net promoter score (eNPS), employee experience (EX), employee satisfaction (ESAT), and employee engagement (EE), for example, as they can correlate with operational success as well as customer success with your organization.
  3. View of employees – view your employees with the importance you view your customers. You cannot survive without either, and just as you court customer loyalty for more profitable relationships, so to can employee relations boost revenue, growth, and expansion.

Remote and Hybrid Work

One of the lasting effects of COVID was the desire to work from home or have the flexibility to. According to Gallup, nearly half of full-time working Americans—45%—are still working remotely.  White collar workers have even higher percentage, coming in at 70%. After the shutdown, many leaders were surprised to find employees still wanted to work remotely. The Pandemic exposed an internal need for conducive work environments and flexibility.

The office and all it entailed wasn’t as attractive as some leadership believed.

It was agile leadership who switched to maintaining remote or hybrid options who won out against competitors. Record job openings only further highlight how living is more important, and work can no longer be focused on only paying bills. Organizations who shift better with their employees retain talent better.

Remote work is not the only fix, but it does show how views of work’s place have vastly changed.

Act on Meaningful Feedback

Closing the loop between you and your employees is more important than ever before. Simply hearing them is not enough. Active, empathetic listening pair with actions on a consistent basis is the wining combination. Employees not only want to know they are heard but that their input is valued.

Regularly checking in with your employees, and not only attaching it to their performance, creates a culture of partnership.

Ways to gain meaningful feedback to inspire data-driven action:

  1. Employee 360 Review [LN1] [SP2] – not to be confused with an employee evaluation, the 360-degree review is a way for all employees to gain feedback from peers, subordinates, and managers to assist employee self-evaluation.
  2. Pulse checks – a powerful anonymous survey tool. Pulse checks are in between annual reviews and keep the feedback coming for HR initiatives, but it can also inform business strategies that are employee-focused as well.
  3. Surveys – From satisfaction to engagement, the best thing you can do is ask your employees. Working from assumptions can lead you down costly mistakes. By asking directly you can get their true opinions—think of using anonymity to influence candid responses.

Final Thoughts

The biggest takeaway from this is: employee experiences is an important part of operational success. The evolution of its importance and what it means cannot be discounted. Doing so can led to higher employee turnover rates and you won’t retain your best talent. As employee experience continues to change, the forward-thinking companies with innovative leadership will make it to the top.


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