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A Japanese company puts its employees to sleep

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Hong Kong employees top the world with their long working hours. This means getting a decent amount of sleep is next to impossible for most workers in the city.

No one can deny that a full night’s sleep boosts performance and productivity at work, and eventually leads to a happier life. A company in Japan believes that well-rested workers can bring more benefits to the business and rewards employees for having enough sleep.

Employees at Crazy Inc, a Japanese wedding organiser, can choose to instal a sleep tracking app developed by mattress manufacturer Airweave. Points are given if the employee sleeps no less than six hours a night for at least five days in a week. The more days the employee has enough rest in a week, the more points they get. Workers can then use these points directly as money to exchange for food in the company cafeteria.

Kazuhiko Moriyama, founder of Crazy Inc, believes that employees with happier lives will lead to better performance in the office, and hopes this innovative reward scheme can promote a healthier lifestyle among workers, and hence, increase productivity.

According to Moriyama, this reward scheme was a pilot project, and the preliminary results showed the overall health of its employees had improved. It also enhanced employees’ work performance and creativity. As a result, the company has decided to adopt it as a long-term initiative.

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