Sustainable employability of night shift workers
Night shifts are a serious threat to sustainable employability. Shift work (irregular and night) has been linked to certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Long-term night shift work is even associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Shift work disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms and causes them to become out of sync with the external environment and/or behavioral cycles.
In a changing world full of global challenges such as the 24 hour economy, urbanisation, ageing, digitisation, automation and energy transition night shifts are unfortunately unavoidable.
Some industries simply can not eliminate all night shifts. It is not only a matter of economics, night shift work often involves health and safety issues.
Recovery for health professionals
Long-term night and irregular shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity.
It is important to have a short break before, during or after your working shift. Being able to relax and recover is necessary to retain emotional and physical resilience. A short break or power nap at work offers you the possibility to counteract fatigue, reset your brain and restore your energy level. It is a very effective intervention for ‘Staying fit at night’ projects at hospitals.
The VITA Sentation power nap chairs are a powerful support to the vitality and sustainable employability of health care workers. The power nap chairs facilitate a quick recovery at work. They have become true must haves within vitality and well being projects at healthcare institutions.
The power nap chairs offer relaxation and recovery and have a perfect power nap position, also called the heart balance position. The chairs are solid, hygienic in use and are low maintenance. A recovery moment in a VITA Sentation power nap chair will boost your energy levels, improve your productivity, your concentration and make you more alert.
There are two VITA Sentation chair models: the LUXURY and the LOUNGER.
A structural solution
Facilitation of a “recovery moment” during work is an essential part of a policy aimed at long term employability. Our approach to facilitate recovery is not by applying a “quick fix”. We are happy to help and we use an integrated approach. We make sure that we fully understand the different demands within the targeted user group.
Workshops and support
Also, we provide workshops and offer support. This consists of both extensive documentation and a “quick start” guide to help people when using the chair. Our expertise and broad approach ensures that the implementation will be successful. We offer adequate solutions, customized to every need for a “fit at night” project.
Solutions that suit the different recovery needs of all employees, this encompasses everything from power nap to re-integration projects. Everybody working (irregular) shifts need a moment of recovery at work.
For advice and further information
We would be happy to inform you about our power nap chairs, our pre project guidance, support during implementation, and help with setting up nap rooms. Please contact our representative in the UK or contact our head office in The Netherlands.