Corporate culture managers and business leaders typically value nothing more than productivity from their employees. In many U.S. office environments, nearly all of us are constantly competing to be better, work harder and increase our outputs. However, as we strive to get ahead we are often faced with major hurdles in our performance such as disengagement, too much multitasking, fatigue and procrastination that prevents us from being our best selves.
The term “biohacking” has become popular in the health and wellness space. Biohacking consists of making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to improve your health and well-being, often for better performance from both body and mind.
Biohacking’s basic principle is that optimal inputs into our body lead to maximum outputs. So, through the proper diet, supplements, daily routines and electronics, we can reach our personal peak of performance in all areas of life.
Biohacking is now making its way into company culture. As a company, you can implement simple health initiatives to help employees improve productivity. These small but simple hacks can boost mood, output and happiness.
Sleeping is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself to be in peak performance. However, 40% of Americans get less than the recommended minimum amount of sleep, which is seven hours. Many of those who lack sleep believe that they’ll be able to catch up on lost hours during the weekends, but studies have shown that sleeping in only makes up for some of the deficits associated with past sleep deprivation.
The most successful entrepreneurs I have met think about sleeping as an investment. The more time you spend resting, the more efficient you’ll be while awake. The benefits of a good night’s sleep include a healthy immune system, increased concentration, improved productivity and a better mood.
Make quality sleep a company priority for your employees. Implement a flexible schedule, power naps at work or training on the importance of sleep.
Experts typically recommend seven to nine hours of sleep for adults. However, to find one’s optimal sleeping patterns, you can suggest employees try a sleep-cycle tracking app. By placing a smartphone on your mattress while you sleep, these apps measure how long you spend in each sleep cycle and also let you know the best time to wake up. With this information, your employees will learn to wake up naturally, refreshed and with enough energy to be their best all day.
Do you have employees who need an energy boost? Don’t be afraid to make power napping part of your company’s daily routine. In fact, many companies are now recommending employees take a short break in the early afternoon. At this time, a nap duration of 20 minutes will provide the lightest phase of sleep, or 90 minutes for one full sleep cycle. Napping for these set amounts of time will leave your employees feeling recharged rather than groggy when they get up.
These days, everybody claims to have some dietary solution that will magically solve all your problems. Although there is truly no one-size-fits-all diet, there are certain guidelines that can lead to great results for most people. So, educating employees that an optimal diet will help gain mental clarity and boost productivity at work will help you run a successful business. For example, you could have a nutritionist come to talk to employees about implementing better dietary habits into their daily routines.
All in all, adding simple health biohacks for employees can be great for boosting productivity to reach higher heights for all at work. With these simple daily practices, employees will be healthier and happier and will meet corporate goals and set new benchmarks in no time.