Sleep, work and wellbeing: The role of employers

Thu 06 Dec 2018 09:30
Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ


Britain has a sleep problem which is already affecting both the quality of our lives and our wider productivity as a nation. Increasing sleep by one hour per night could boost UK GDP by £24 billion, but we are sleeping 1.5 hours less per night than people 100 years ago and GPs are writing 15.3 million prescriptions for sleeping pills each year. So what is the size of the problem in the UK and what can employers do to help employees get more and better quality sleep? This event will look at the latest research evidence and present some examples of organisational practice which will help participants think about the needs of their own workforce.

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Topics we will cover include:

  • The impact of poor sleep duration and quality

  • The productivity and performance consequences of poor sleep

  • Tools and techniques to improve sleep quality

  • Embedding a sleep element into your health and wellbeing strategy 

Who should attend?

HR managers, occupational health professionals, line managers and those with responsibility for employee wellbeing programmes.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

You will learn more about the importance of sleep and its relationship with concentration, performance, productivity and wellbeing at work. You will also be introduced to examples of employer interventions and initiatives which address the issue of poor sleep quality in the UK workforce – interventions that you may be able to reflect in your own workplace.


Facilitator: Amanda Callen, Senior Research Fellow, IES

Amanda’s research interests are in wellbeing, performance and human behaviour in the workplace, along with organisational behaviour and safety. As a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered occupational psychologist and Chartered Psychologist, Amanda has over 20 years’ experience of managing research and consultancy projects.

Facilitator: Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, IES

Stephen has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, having led a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. He is a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and was an advisor the government’s ‘Thriving at Work’ review.

Event programme

The programme for this event is yet to be announced.

Lunch will be provided.

Further reading

Cox A, Rickard C, Spiegelhalter K, Brown D (2017), Employee financial well-being: why it's important, CIPD

(2015), Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Wilson S, Sinclair A, Huxley C, Spiegelhalter K (2016), Evaluation of Mind's Blue Light Programme: Strand 2: Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

Ticket prices

HR Network member tickets (find out more):

Full member: Free
Associate member: £120 (+VAT)
Flex member: £150 (+VAT)

Non-member tickets:

Non-member: £190 (+VAT)