The way companies are doing business today is having a dramatic effect on how employees are required to do their jobs. As recent as five years ago, who would have ever imagined that naps at work would be something employers would be willing to promote? Well, that day seems to have arrived.
Of course, employers wouldn’t support such perks if they didn’t believe the perks would deliver the company benefits. With that in mind, here’s a look at what experts are saying about the viability of allowing employees to take a little nap in the middle of the work day.
Beating the Energy Crash
There’s something about the way the human body functions that causes people to hit the energy wall at some time in the middle of the afternoon. This is likely true of people who stay out at night a little too long. There have actually been studies done that show that employee effectiveness and efficiency will drop off in the middle of the day until the employee catches their second wind.
In corporate America, business owners and bosses are starting to realize that promoting the idea of the employee taking a 30 minute nap in the middle of the day is a good idea. This in the time when the employee’s effectiveness might be waning, leading to mistakes and less efficiency. There’s a reason people in Spain and Mexico take siestas.
The Results Say Yes
While there is no science that confirms an afternoon nap will improve an employee’s efficiency, there are certainly enough rumblings in corporate America to support such a notion.
In the Silicon Valley, a majority of the top Hi-tech companies have adopted policies of creating a more relaxed atmosphere for their employees. Based on reports coming out of some of these companies, employees seem to perform better when they have ample opportunity to walk away from the task at hand for a few minutes of relaxation. What could possibly be more relaxing than taking a short nap in the middle of the day?
Providing a Time and Place for Naps
While a lot of companies across the nation are taking note of the napping concept, business owners and bosses are left to contemplate how to make time and space for employee naps. Remember, not every employee has access to a private office.
Designating time for naps is a manageable issue. Creating space for it is another issue. What some companies are doing is opening up unused offices for employees to invade for a little shuteye. If office space is not available, some companies are going so far as to block access to meeting/conference rooms for an hour or two in the afternoon. During this time, only naps are permitted.
Breaking All the Rules
The concept of naps at work still seems to go against the rules of proper behavior for a work environment. For the companies that choose to brave this new path going into the future, there seems to be a need to convince employees it’s okay to sleep on company time if the boss says it’s okay. It just requires a little education about the concept of how a little rest in the middle of the afternoon would likely provide a higher level of productivity for the rest of the day.
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