Lack of Sleep Contributes to Unethical Conduct – Workplace Psychology
Most of us know that we should eat right and take care of ourselves, and that not doing so can wreak havoc on our productivity, thinking, health, happiness, etc. Now, a new component is added: ethics. Steve Nguyen does a great job to sum an article from a recent article in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes that indicates a higher likelihood of cheating or otherwise falsifying and/or bending information when functioning with lower levels of sleep. Many of us can probably remember situations where we have been really tired, and have told someone something that was untrue, if for no other reason than to keep from getting in to a conflict. It begs the question, is it in some way due to a lowered patience level perhaps? What about the effect on our mood? Could these be part of the reason that we try to alter information, because we either don’t want to or can’t handle getting in to a deeper conversation about a particular topic? What are your thoughts?