Last week was National Lazy Day! A day designed to give everyone the excuse to slob around in their PJs, and not feel bad about drinking copious amounts of tea while reading a book. If only…
Unfortunately many employers do not recognise this seminal event in the calendar and therefore we all had to go to work as usual. But this got us thinking, wouldn’t it be great if your employer encouraged a power nap during the working day?
There’s lots of research backing up the value in taking a nap at your desk. 10 – 20 minutes will relieve tired minds and give you a boost of energy, 45 minutes produces a five-fold improvement in memory*, and 90 minutes can increase creativity and cognitive function. All with the knock on effect of increasing productivity, reducing stress and sickness, and improving staff retention.
Who would want to leave a company that lets you take a nap?
Office Interiors Designed For Napping!
Some employers do understand the value of allowing naps. Google, of course, have sleep pods just for this purpose. Other companies provide relaxation areas that give employees a place for a quick zizz, and some cultures have naps and siestas built into their working lives: are we missing a trick in the UK?
If you can see the benefits of your employees cat napping at work, but aren’t quite ready to redesign the office around sleep pods, how can you make it easy for them to grab 40 winks?
Reclining Office Chairs: If you don’t want your employees falling into a deep sleep, a semi-upright position will give them a 10 – 20 minute energy boost without sleep inertia setting in. Sleep inertia is caused when people are woken in the middle of a sleep cycle, and actually makes us feel more tired and cranky than if we hadn’t slept at all.
So to avoid deep sleep a reclining chair with adequate head support could be just enough to refresh your team’s energy levels without turning them into sleeping beauties.
Beanbags And Floor Cushions: Beanbags have come a long way from those shapeless, polystyrene ball-shedding bags of the past. Now you can buy ones that are structured so you get good support and they don’t look out of place in the office environment.
If you have a staffroom, beanbags and floor cushions can be a welcome addition creating a more conducive atmosphere for relaxation during breaks, and an informal setting for internal meetings.
Pillows, Eye Masks And Headphones: Naturally you won’t want all your employees taking a nap at the same time and therefore a busy office may not be the ideal place to sleep. A comfortable pillow, an eye mask and some headphones to block out the office around them, could give employees just enough peace and quiet to take some time out.
Nap Rooms And Sleep Pods: If you take your employee’s wellbeing and the effects of fatigue seriously, you may want to consider a dedicated area for napping. Google use MetroNap EnergyPods in their HQ, but you could turn any disused space into a nap room.
Low lighting, sofa beds, blankets or even hammocks could create an ideal place to recharge batteries and demonstrate that you value your staff. Employee loyalty is something businesses have to earn, looking after staff wellbeing is one way to do this.
What’s your policy on napping at work? If you have created an environment that encourages 40 winks why not share it with us on social media? Visit our Facebook page or Tweet us, we would love to see your work / sleep spaces!