How Sleep Effects Meetings

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Previously we addressed how, now more than ever, it is important to design and conduct meetings that are dynamic and worthwhile in order to capture the interest of a workforce today that may have more focuses and widening responsibilities, greater work-life considerations to juggle, and therefore perhaps a more limited attention span than prior work generations.

We also examined the advent of more remote-working fueled video-conferencing and skyping, plus the litmus test of considering whether a meeting is even needed in a world that’s going more ‘end result and bottom-line’ oriented and less presentee-required and visually managed than was the norm of previous work generations.

Getting a good night’s rest (and for an increasing many, a good, brief rejuvenation nap or meditation respite to gather oneself and recharge for more energetic mid-day/afternoon-to-evening productiveness), is a recipe for sharper thinking, brainstorming and enthusiastic/contagious teamwork. Certainly, this healthy practice of better sleep and rest is also a catalyst for better meetings, especially when physical meetings are at play.

Better sleep and rest is as much a productivity inducer to those around the employee as it is for the employee him/herself. If you yawn or are at low energy because of a lack of sleep then those attending meetings with you will tend to yawn or demonstrate low energy too; it’s a physiological/psychological triggering mechanism. A person’s behavior and energy (or lack thereof) simply rubs off on those around them. Body language counts big-time when it comes to creating a dynamic give-and-take at the workplace, especially at a meeting.

A boring, dull participant at any gathering, from a lecturing professor, to a department or one-on-one meeting, is a drain that tends to produce lackluster results. On the other hand, chipper, animated interfacing is usually a good jump starter for a higher grade of outcomes, synergy and teamwork. Proper sleep and rest is the foundation for a necessary energy level that yields top results. A quick, mid-day snooze to catch up on those times when a proper night’s sleep wasn’t possible – which happens to the best of us – can be a great battery-charger, especially when there’s a meeting coming up where more colleagues will be seeing you in action and feeding off of your energy level.

So always shoot for a healthy, restful 8 hour sleep period for optimum performance and better presentation/preparation for work. You owe it to yourself and to your co-workers to project the right, responsible appearance of a bright and well-rested colleague that everyone wants to work with, as opposed to being an energy-drag that folks want to avoid. Nothing zaps a meeting more than a tired, sleep-deprived colleague. Don’t let that sleepyhead be you.

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Ray Lindenberg

Ray Lindenberg

Ray Lindenberg is President of WANY - The Workspace Association of New York, and IN-Cert - The International Cooperative of A+ Certified Workspaces; and is the Chief Consultant & Innovation Officer at the Winning Workspaces Hospitality Group.