Toxic management is contagious, permeating through an entire business and even spreading to lower-level employees. This occurs in large and small businesses alike, creating a slew of problems that can hurt a brand in the long run.

Some of the qualities that can make a toxic boss include being irritable, argumentative, snappy, insecure, impatient, and more. These symptoms point to many different causes, one of which being lack of sleep.

Mattress comparison website Savvy Sleeper recently conducted a survey among bosses who claimed to be "well-rested" and "poorly rested." Their findings give insight into how energy levels of supervisors can affect employees, and the future of a business. 

Poorly-rested bosses

The survey found that 51% of bosses with poor sleep habits were likely to be argumentative with workers, which is directly unproductive. Poorly rested bosses exhibit the following:

  • They are more likely to experience negative emotions at work, second guess their own authority, and have a poor disposition overall.

  • They are highly concerned with their directives being disrespected or undermined.

  • They are 15% more likely than well-rested bosses to become irritated at work at least once per week, and 10% more likely to lose their patience in the same time period

Clearly, one of the downsides to sleepless nights is that bosses tend to project their exhaustion onto their staff. When the sleep/wake cycle and the circadian rhythms are affected, the body can show the results of that shift: Less energy, less focus, less control over motor skills, and an increase in clumsiness. 

Well-rested bosses

When a company's leaders are well-rested, they have more energy and motivation to fulfill their responsibilities, and the entire workplace is likely to thrive. Additionally, the study found:

  • Employees of well-rested bosses are 1.9x more likely to meet their performance goals. 
  • Employees are 1.8x more likely to meet their deadlines.
  • Seventy-three percent of well-rested bosses believe their employees cooperate well together, compared to 68% of poorly rested bosses
  • Employees of well-rested bosses received bonuses (77%) and praise at least once a week (93%)

Employees who work under a well-rested boss are also more likely to engage in team cooperation, and even more so, receive praise from their supervisor along with a bonus.

"The benefits of good sleep are contagious. Showing up to work well-rested and energized won't just make your day better, and can benefit your entire team," according to John Bernasconi, Creative Strategist at Savvy Sleeper who conducted the study. "Well-rested bosses are more productive and focused, manage happier and more effective teams, and are even more likely to receive and distribute bonuses."

To avoid sleepless nights and exhausting days highlighted by sleep deprivation, maintain a clear focus on your objectives and manage your time properly. By prioritizing a good night's sleep, your body and mind will thank you.