Today’s corporate culture success stories reveal that thriving companies demonstrate a link between employee productivity and happiness at work. The Social Science Research Network indicates a high level of employee satisfaction translates into increased levels of productivity.
Additional studies from the University of Warwick shows that employee happiness results in a 12 percent increase in productivity. Low morale, plummeting productivity and general discontent among employees are themes that most companies strive to eliminate from their office environment.
What are the indicators of employee happiness at work? Employees are likely more productive when they are physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally well. Corporations that take an active role in addressing these needs are often the most successful.
Address Physical Wellness
Healthy individuals tend to feel better about themselves because they recognized the importance of exercise and well-being. Business Insider ranked Nike as the 16th most enjoyable place for a great work environment. Nike promotes physical activity at its workplace with its outdoor track, gyms and exercise classes that are located on their expansive campus. There is also an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a simulation spin studio class that employees can enjoy before, during or after work. Details lists Nike as one of the healthiest companies to work for because not only does advertise sport wellness, but also includes it as part of its corporate culture.
Sleep health is also an important part of both work performance and general well-being. Companies like Zappos and Ben and Jerry’s have nap rooms and couches for employees to power nap throughout the day. Sleeping at work may seem controversial but it proves to be effective for productivity.
Employees need downtime and corporate hours don’t necessarily yield time to relax. Companies like Intuit allows flexible hours for employees rather than a mandate of traditional work hours. Employees are discouraged from coming to work prior to 9:00 a.m. or staying after 5:30 p.m. This culture allows individuals to use the extra time to tend to their own spiritual needs, whether it means taking a meditation class in the morning or attending a Bible study on Wednesday evenings. USA Today reports that companies that are cognizant of the spiritual growth of their employees tend to increase productivity because it allows for people to engage in activities that they enjoy the most.
Focus on Mental Wellness
Google’s stock, since its inception in 2004, increased by 674 percent. The company attributed the success to its focus on company wellness. Business Insider ranks Google as the third most enjoyable place to work. Benefits at Google include: comprehensive health plan, travel reimbursement and legal aid. Even when an employee dies, Google will pay 50 percent of the deceased salary to the surviving spouse for 10 years. These perks offer not only peace of mind, but also a chance for employees to realize that their company cares for them even after hours, should an emergency arise.
Address Emotional Needs
The New York Times reported that employees who take a break every 90 minutes report a higher level of focus (by 30 percent!) than those who take no breaks or just one during the day. Companies like Citrix allows employees to work remotely and govern how, when and where the work gets done. These unconventional work environments support increased focus. In addition, jobs at Lifelock include close proximity to main highways for easy access for employees to go home after work, wellness rewards and four-week paid vacation during the first year of work. This allows the employee to maintain a home and work balance, an attribute that is integral for productivity.
The work-life balance is not a myth, but one that allows employees to feed their individual passions and create happier, productive employees who will want to stay with the company for an extended period of time. A positive corporate culture comes from happy employees.
Saatva recently made Forbes’ list of America’s most promising companies for 2015. Out of the 100 companies listed by Forbes, Saatva was ranked number 68.
Besides revenue, Forbes also ranked the 100 companies based off of:
Growth in employee numbers
How long companies have been doing what it is they do
All of the companies listed are private and generating under 300 million annually. Some of the top companies listed include Instacart, Suja Juice, AdBoom Group, Precision Frac, and Carvana.
As of January 2015, Saatva’s revenue is 27 million. From 2013-2014, they had a revenue growth of 275%. They currently have 67 employees and are one of the highest rated e-commerce companies in the nation.
Other Saatva Company Facts and Figures:
Founders: Ron Rudzin and Ricky Joshi
Headquarters: Westport, Connecticut
Revenue Change(2011-2014): 64.86%
Number of fulfillment centers: 32
Number of distribution centers: 12
Saatva expects to continue their exceptional growth into 2015 and are on track for another record sales month in January, 2015.
You already know naps are good for your child’s overall health but a new sleep study also proves that there’s a link between naps and learning.
In a study conducted by a team at the University of Sheffield, 216 babies(aged 6 months and 12 months) were taught 3 new tasks and tested the next day to see if they remembered any of them.
They found that if the babies took a lengthy nap soon after being taught the tasks they were able to perform at least one and a half of the tasks.
The babies that didn’t take a nap soon after learning weren’t able to recall any of the tasks the next day.
The team concluded that “infants rely on on frequent naps for the formation of long-term memories.”
Napping is a key component for babies to retain what they’ve learned and parents should make sure their infants are getting enough naps throughout the day.
Napping Guidelines for Kids
Additional studies have proven that naps are extremely beneficial for kid’s overall health and well being. Some benefits of napping include better mood, better attention span, more consistent sleep schedule at night, and healthy growth of brain and body.
It’s also important to recognize when your kid needs a nap before they are flat out exhausted.
Signs Your Kid Needs a Nap
Here are some simple signs you should look out as a guide to know when you should put your baby to sleep:
rubbing their eyes
starting to fuss
asking for a pacifier
losing interest in toys
Before you put your little one to sleep, make sure to avoid these 9 napping no-nos so your child gets the best nap.
Have any other napping tips to share? Comment and let us know!
Just like any other product you often use in your home, your mattress needs to be properly cleaned.
Overtime, your mattress gets covered in dirt, oils, dust mites, dead skin cells, and sometimes even pollen.
Despite the amount of bacteria that could be multiplying on your bed every night, the average person does not clean their mattress.
Properly cleaning your mattress not only saves you from bacteria, it can also improve the lifespan of your mattress.
Best Methods for Cleaning Your Mattress
Vacuum: If you’re like most people, you’ve eaten in bed or skipped a shower once or twice before laying on your mattress. Overtime, your mattress can accumulate dirt, crumbs and other bacteria. The only real way to get rid of this bacteria is to vacuum it with your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment.
Deodorize: We all sweat and overtime our mattress absorbs it. You may not even notice that your mattress has a distinct odor because it’s your own scent. The best way to get rid of any smell from a mattress is to deodorize it. Grab some baking soda and sprinkle it on top of your mattress and then rub it in with a stiff-bristled brush. Let the baking soda set for about 5-10 minutes.
Vacuum again: After letting the baking soda set for 5-10 minutes, vacuum your mattress again. This will take care of any dampness left over from the baking soda.
Flip it: Not all mattresses require flipping so make sure to check what your mattress manufacturer recommends for top performance and longevity. If your mattress is two-sided, you should flip it side-to-side and top-to-bottom weekly for the first three months.
Repeat: After flipping your mattress, just repeat the same cleaning process from before.
Protect it with a Cover: If you aren’t already protecting your mattress with a cover, now is a good time to purchase one. Mattress covers help to keep bacteria at bay and make the mattress cleaning process easier. If you’re prone to making messes, opt for a waterproof cover.
Beauty sleep is defined as sleep that is “considered to be sufficient to keep one looking young and beautiful.” According to a sleep study, not logging in enough hours of sleep can cause your skin to age faster.
If you’re tired of rolling out of your bed looking like a worse version of yourself, follow these beauty sleep hacks(as advised by HealthPerch and GoodHouseKeeping):
Sleep on your back: This is the best position for reducing the likelihood of getting wrinkles while sleeping. Sleeping on your side increases pressure on your skin which increases the risk of wrinkles later on.
Clean your pillowcases: Aim to change your pillowcases twice a week so you’re laying your head on bacteria for eight hours each night.
Moisturize your heels: Your skin repairs itself at night so take advantage and apply some lotion to your feet. Lock in the moisture and prevent it from getting on the sheets by putting some socks on.
Wear your hair up: Keep your hair out of your face when you go to sleep so that your natural oils don’t cause breakouts on your face. A high, loose ponytail is ideal.
Wash your face: Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on! Going to sleep with makeup on causes your pores to clog, which can lead to breakouts in the morning.
Skip the booze around bedtime: After drinking a lot of alcohol, you become dehydrated. As a result, your body collects fluid from around the eyes and other areas of the body.
Do you have any other beauty tips you follow as part of your bedtime routine? Comment and share them with us!
Weary of buying a product online without trying it first? Trustpilot(a review site) is committed to providing real, unbiased reviews for consumers to help them make an informed buying decision. Saatva has been reviewed on Trustpilot for a year and in 2015 their luxury mattresses have been ranked 3 out of 24 in the bedroom category.
Currently, Saatva has 32 reviews on Trustpilot with a 9.3 ranking out of 10. They have also received 5 out of 5 stars in 2015.
“So, for the last 6 months or so, I had been doing some serious looking for a new mattress for my platform bed. Having had numerous medical issues, including back, neck, knee, ankle problems along with sleep apnea, I figured when the springs started popping out of the side of my 14 year old Simmons Beautyrest, it was time…
Eventually, I came across the website of Saatva Mattress. I found it to be attractive, informative, looked environmentally friendly, and sounded quite interesting…
..despite my struggles, I had a most wonderful and restful sleep. I have to say that my back and many aches and pains seem to be residing quite a bit, in fact I have literally cut my pain meds in half, after a couple of weeks!
…it’s been a little over a month now, since I received my Saatva, and I intentionally waited a bit to see how it felt after sleeping on it more than a day or two. I can tell you this: As Paul McCartney would say (my favorite), “I’ve got to admit, it’s getting better, a little better all the time!””
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When is the last time you thought about what chemicals you are getting into bed with? With the influx of allergic reaction horror stories, more people are starting to pay attention to the components of their mattresses.
If you look back at the mattresses built about 30 years ago, they were composed mainly from untreated natural materials. That’s just not the case today.
Today, there are federal regulations in place by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) that require mattress companies to make sure their mattresses meet certain flammability standards.
Unfortunately, these standards often lead mattress companies to use chemicals in order to withstand the required 30 minutes of exposure to an open flame.
Our mattress company has been around since 2005 and these are some of the most common mattress questions people have asked us(in terms of chemicals used and allergies):
What’s the Best Mattress to Buy If I Have Allergies?
A major factor to consider when searching for a mattress that won’t contribute to your allergies is the chemicals used in the mattresses.
Some of the main chemicals and materials you should be aware of are:
Petroleum based chemicals
Chemical fire retardants
If you’re worried about the chemicals used in mattresses, eco-friendly and organic mattresses might be a better choice over traditional mattresses.
Unlike conventional mattress, eco-friendly mattresses like our Saatva mattresses are made from natural and renewable resources instead of harmful glues and other irritating solutions.
Is Polyurethane Toxic?
Almost all mattresses have some amount of polyurethane foam. It’s used to provide a more overall supportive sleep.
Many people are weary of polyurethane foam because it has been linked to side effects such as:
So, yes polyurethane can be toxic if there are high levels of them used in mattresses. The key is to find a mattress that has foams that aren’t processed with chemicals such as formaldehyde.
The memory foam layer in our Saatva mattresses are made from a safe bio-based foam that is made primarily from natural plant-based renewable oils.
Any Off-Gassing Done on the Saatva Mattress?
According to sleeplikethedead.com, mattress off-gassing refers to “an odor that a mattress may give off when it is new due to its chemical composition and packaging.”
At Saatva, there is no off-gassing done where we manufacture our products.
We have a small amount of off-gassing at our suppliers facility where our foam is made. But all of our foams are stable before they are shipped to our manufacturing partners.
Are there Mattresses Made Without Flame Retardants?
Since 2007, all mattresses are required to have enough fire retardant to withstand an open flame for 70 seconds.
Over half of the mattress companies in the United States use a controversial fire retardant that is more cost efficient.
Unlike these companies, at Saatva we use a natural thistle barrier that is made mainly from wood pulp and combined with a small amount of polyester. This creates a flame retardant barrier WITHOUT the use of any harmful chemicals.
When’s the last time you checked the mirror upon waking up and sighed with defeat at your bed head? You have about 7 minutes to get ready because well, it’s a Monday and you had to stay up late watching that Netflix series! You curse yourself now because your hair has taken the toll.
Don’t be distressed though, we have searched high and low to bring you some stellar hair tips to tame every strand and wake up in style!
Tame Your Bed Head with These Tricks
Number one ultimate trick is to brush your hair before going to sleep to contain your bed head! This is the best time to put to rest all those annoying knots that have been growing throughout the day. Brushing out your knots before you go to sleep will make it easier to manage your hair in the morning.
For The Beachy Look: If you want to wake up with beach styled waves(and who doesn’t?), braid your hair in a loose french braid. This braid helps to keep your hair from getting fizzy and creates soft waves. Just undo it in the morning, run your fingers through it and add a little hairspray and you’re good to go!
For More Volume: Does dull, flat hair get you down in the morning? Gather your hair as if you are going to put it in a high pony tail but make a bun instead. Twist your hair and coil it around to make a secure bun.Use a scrunchie to avoid any damage to your hair. In the morning just untwist the bun and part your hair naturally. Add a light spray to hold in place.
For A Cute Messy Hair Style: If you’re really cut for time then a simple plan is to gather your hair in a messy side braid. Just pull all your hair to one side and then start braiding a loose braid. If there are a few loose strands, don’t worry. It’ll add to the overall laid back bed head style.
For Teasing the Mess Out of it: Want to embrace the messy look? When you wake up start teasing your hair from the roots and sides. Just grab a nice teasing brush and separate your hair into thin horizontal sections. Start about an inch up from each section and push down at the roots.