Fortunately, Philips has developed a wide range of sleep therapy devices (CPAP machines) and masks that help sleep apnea sufferers get a full night’s rest, by providing patients with a constant flow of airway pressure that prevents their throats from collapsing during sleep. The impact on users’ lives could be huge, possibly reducing their risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, while also possibly increasing their productivity in the workplace, by improving their attention, memory and decision-making.
Driven by the belief that achieving a high quality of sleep is just as important as sleeping for at least seven hours each night, Tripat says Philips “has recently moved beyond treating sleep apnea, towards products which help to enhance the efficiency of your sleep”.
One example of this new wave of products is SmartSleep
. The wearable headband improves the quality of your deep sleep, by playing tones specifically designed to boost the slow waves responsible for washing away the unnecessary brain cell connections made during the course of a day. Some users feel the benefits after only one night of using the product, and 80% report positive results in the first two weeks of use .
While the products will play a vital role in helping Philips achieve its aim of improving 3 billion lives every year by 2025, the company also understands that sophisticated sleep therapy technologies alone won’t be enough to reach that goal. Which is why, in addition to training medical professionals, channel partners and internal sales teams, Tripat drafts curriculums and creates sleep program for universities, to address the academic imbalance that led him to join Philips in the first place. “That's one thing I really appreciate about Philips: their thorough commitment to providing education without tinkering it in any way,” he says. “You don't get that kind of commitment in the corporate world normally – that's a big differentiator of Philips.”
In fact, Tripat says his greatest achievement at Philips was working on creating the ASEAN-wide RPSGT Exam Training Program
, the region’s first vocational training program dedicated to helping students obtain the internationally recognized Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) certification for sleep disorders
“Twelve sleep professionals have gained the RPSGT certification since taking that program,” says Tripat. “It’s become very popular in the region.”
The way Tripat sees it, the success of the program is due in no small part to the atmosphere of trust and respect that Philips Singapore fosters within its workplace.
In addition to using its mission of improving the lives of others to inspire and engage its employees, Philips grants its staff the freedom to work from home whenever they feel they’d be more productive outside the office – a benefit which Tripat says results in a “wonderful” environment that “definitely helps to boost creativity” and innovation.“It's more of a results-oriented work culture rather than a sitting-in-the-office type culture,” he says.
“Philips shows faith in us, and as a result, our confidence in what we are doing and how we are doing it increases.”