Like old age, a bad mood can sneak up on a person. Some events, like an unplanned $200 speeding ticket on the way into work, may set the stage for a hissy fit. And anyone is capable of turning into a fire-breathing jerk for no apparent reason.
But if you are chronically short-tempered and even considered a tyrant by your workers, you might want to take a look at your sleep habits. A new British study suggests that on any given day, one in four managers is in a cranky mood because of sleep deprivation.
Long commutes, long hours, being at the end of a cell phone or email tether after hours, and dealing with family responsibilities and young children don’t leave many hours in the day for recharging our batteries through sleep.
“Human resources professionals and public policy makers need to wake up to the danger of creating a sleepless society,” says study lead author Charles Leadbeater.
The study polled 1,000 workers and found that almost 50 percent of those in the 35-44 age group complained about not getting enough sleep. The worst sleep deficits were reported among managers with young children.