As an early bird boss, you have probably experienced putting pressure on your team’s night owls to start their work just like other team members and sleep at sleeping properly. I exactly did this as a boss. In my view, these workers were undisciplined since they remained up so late and were over sleeping as a result. But finally I figures out it was not a lack of discipline, it was just their genetics. And this is how everything changed.
As per Matthew Walker, a sleep expert, and the writer of Why We Sleep, we should probably thank our parents are for becoming a night owl or an early bird. “They are obligated to the inevitable DNA hardwiring of a delayed schedule,” writes Matthew.
Studies show that some individuals are hardwired like night owls.
In 2017, scientists at the Rockefeller University found that a hereditary alteration in a particular night owls body clock sets back their natural patterns, and they appear to sleep later at night by necessity and get up late morning. “Mutation Carriers have more days than the world offers them and they effectively catch up during their life,” said lead scientist Alina Patke.
Sadly, much of the working world isn’t designed to handle night owls. Early birds have set the agenda from “early huddles” to a work shift that begins within 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and everybody else is expected to accommodate.
But what can you do to leverage the maximum power of night owls effectively? Here are 3 tips to get you started:
- Consider providing flexible timetables.
Use a postponed sleep pattern to utilize the unique qualities of staff. Many businesses are flexible on kickoff times and end times, as long as there is a prevalent 5-to-6-hour window when all staff work simultaneously.
Reconsider the working time you have set for the members of your team and consider whether they represent the likes and dislikes of everyone, or just your own.
- Reassess the structure of work days.
Look more closely into when you prefer to arrange appointments vs the head-down deep work, though it may be prejudiced towards morning rush hour productivity people. Ask each member of the team when they think they are most efficient, and take into account reviewing some elements of their work around that one.
3 . Make sacrifices that would help the team succeed.
Do just what I wish I had done sooner and give some graciousness to night owls. Sure, you have great standards for your team, however the primary objective is not easily to put in 8-hour days or minimize distractions. Conversely, your main objective as a manager in your business is to have your team members operate at maximum capacity, irrespective of their genetic characteristics.
Night owls have also been wrongly perceived as undisciplined in businesses for so long. It does not come easily to unlock the maximum capacity of each team member ‘s special biological hard-wiring, but doing it successfully would give the team — and the business— a significant benefit.