Japan is famous for the interminable work days of workers. However, some companies are starting to realise that workers need to sleep to be productive. No sh*t, Sherlock! Anyhow, one of these companies started to concretely encourage employees to sleep more by rewarding them with points that can be spent in cafes and canteens.

CRAZY, a Tokyo weddings planning company, recently announced a “sleep pay system” to encourage its employees to sleep more. They collaborated with Airweave, a startup specialised in sleep analysis technology, which will provide its sleep monitoring systems. Workers who install the Sleep Analysis app on their smartphones and share their data with the company, will be able to receive points based on how many hours of sleep they can sleep at night.

adult-asleep-bedCRAZY is confident that the new reward system will improve the life habits and overall health of its employees, as well as improve their productivity. The company introduced the sleep pay system on an experimental basis, but decided to officially implement it last October, because the test results exceeded expectations. The employees who took part in the study improved their sleep time and overall health, increased their productivity at work and showed greater creativity, a valuable quality in the company’s business.

Employees who can sleep at least 6 hours a night, for at least five days a week, earn hundreds of points that can be converted into yen in coffee shops and cafes affiliated with CRAZY! 

For example, if the app shows that an employee has slept a minimum of 6 hours a night, for five nights a week, he will receive 500 points (equivalent to 500 yen, 3.8 Euro). If they manage to do it 6 times a week, they get 600 points, and reaching 1,000 points for a whole week. Employees also get a bonus of 1,000 points if they share sleep data with the company for an entire month, even if they do not meet their pre-set sleep goals.

The prizes might seem modest, but the sleep pay system itself is very interesting, because it shows a change in mentality in a country like Japan, where overwork and burnout are widespread problems.