Napping in the workplace- employee productivity
Does your workplace encourage napping during work hours? Napping is becoming increasingly common and popular in the workplace. Global companies such as Facebook, Google and Hubspot have dedicated nap rooms where employees can catch some quick shut eye during the work day. And while the Irish workplace hasn’t quite fully accepted this trend, there are many tangible benefits to employees taking naps during work. Napping during the working day has been proven to lead to better employee performance and attitude. Some of the workplace performance benefits of napping during the working day include:
-Improved employee mental performance
-Increase in drive and motivation
The average working day is 8 hours. That’s 8 hours in front of a computer screen. It can be challenging for companies to maintain a high level of engagement from their employees for this long period of time. Companies that have introduced napping into their workplace have found that the employees who avail of workplace naps are happier, healthier and more productive. Ultimately, an increased or improved employee output is beneficial to the company. Therefore it is in the company’s best interests to ensure that their employees can function at an optimal output.
Despite the positive evidence towards the benefits of napping in the workplace, there are still negative associations with this relatively new workplace initiative. There are some studies that suggest that napping during the workday is a sign of laziness and lack of motivation. However, the employee productivity benefits associated with having a quick nap during the working day certainly seem to outweigh the possible negative connotations.
If you are considering implementing an allotted napping time for your employees then you should consider introducing it as part offlexible working arrangements. Flexible working allows employees to maximise their output within less rigid working hours, and to work when they feel they are at peak productivity levels. Workplace naps could quite easily become part of your company’s flexible working arrangements.
All in all, workplace naps would work best as part of a larger integrated plan to improve employee productivities and efficiencies over a period of time, leading to a happier and more productive workplace!