Have you ever been so tired at work that napping felt like the only solution to your problem? When it’s three o’clock in the afternoon, the only thing you feel like doing is ‘working’ on taking your evening nap. But you can’t do that because it wouldn’t be acceptable in the workplace and would also make you look unprofessional and lazy.
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As previous research showed, napping at work not only makes you look bad, but it’s also bad for the company that you work for. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School, US companies lose about 63.2 billion dollars per year from the lost productivity caused by employees napping at work. This confirms that a considerable amount of business profits are lost because workers feel like they want to take a nap. It also suggests that employers would prefer that their employees come to work feeling fully rested and ready to work.
While that is true, there are many companies that don’t mind losing a few bucks by allowing employees to enjoy a napping at the office. Highly prestigious organisations such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Ben & Jerry’s and Zappos give their employees some nap time off their day-to-day duties. Perhaps these organisations understand that napping is yet another human need – and as such necessary, and choose to respect their employees’ wants. Then again they might be conscious of the fact that sleep has more to do with retaining their workers’ well-being and that’s why they are allowing them to do so while on the job.
Indeed, lack of work-life balance may leave you tired from a not-so-good night’s sleep during work hours. But as sleep expert, Dr. Robert Oexman says, getting a good night’s sleep is essential for busy professionals. In fact, he says that not getting enough sleep at night can affect your mental and physical health which in turn can be damaging your work performance. This is why some companies have introduced napping policies. Those who have decided to include sleep in workplace wellness programs do so because they are concerned about their employees’ health. They know that a healthy employee is a productive employee, who is can carry out his job effectively.
While commenting on workplace napping, however, Dr. Oexman explains that excessive napping can also affect their work performance negatively unless there is some time limit. As he suggests, you shouldn’t nap too much during work to avoid getting the effects of grogginess that you get after giving into deep sleep. This could be affecting the quality of work that you produce as it can leave you more exhausted than before.
So, napping at work isn’t such as bizarre idea after all. If Google and Apple have installed quiet resting rooms and provide their employees all the comforts for enjoying a good nap (see nap pod above), then why can’t you have that too right? If you love napping, perhaps you should tell your boss to introduce a nap policy, or even try your luck by applying for these Fortune 500 companies…It’s your choice really.
Would you like to have the option to enjoy napping at work? Do you think this would interfere with your work or not? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below…