But precisely this topic was investigated by scientists on behalf of Daimler and Benz Foundation. The results of five years research can be briefly summarized as follows: People who can live in accordance with their body clocks (i.e. their natural rhythms) are more satisfied and perform better than those who don’t. Because these individuals sleep better and can more healthily digest their meals, they ultimately work more effectively as well. These insights could enable companies to draw important conclusions for the planning of shift work.
The Daimler and Benz Foundation was initiated in 1986 by the chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG, Werner Breitschwerdt. Over the past 35 years it has become firmly established as a key organization for the promotion of science and research. It is based in the Carl Benz House in Ladenburg, Germany. According to the Foundation, it provides stimuli for knowledge. The topics it addresses are correspondingly diverse.
“It’s not always the big, spectacular scientific projects that promise to promote the development of mankind,” says Dr. Jörg Klein, Managing Director of the Daimler and Benz Foundation, about the way the Foundation operates. “In fact, substantial gains in knowledge are more frequently due to the combination of many smaller projects and research approaches in a wide variety of disciplines. By promoting exactly such projects, we are trying to contribute to research in Germany and internationally and safeguard its future.”