Napping at Work
... A Profitable Perk!

Napping at Work (Attention: CEOs, HR managers, and employers)
Imagine for a moment you are an employee. And you've just interviewed at two similar organizations that offer equitable compensation, benefits and working conditions.

How would you feel if the first company advocates napping at work and the other terminates the employee who is found asleep at work? How heavy would permission to take a power nap weigh in your final decision? Would this one difference in company policy spark your interest?

Now come back to being an employer ... If you are concerned about losing your best candidates or valued employees to competitors, be aware that this new trend is being offered by leading-edge, innovative employers.

Napping at work

Employees Benefit from Napping at Work

Most of us have dragged our tired bodies to work for one reason or another. Maybe we were up with a sick child. Perhaps our snoring mate kept us awake. Or, as a conscientious employee we have been working long demanding hours. Also, shift work can be fatiguing, especially for those who must work doubles, like nurses or police.

New stats suggest 3/4 of North Americans suffer from chronic sleep deprivation.

Consider These Sleep Facts:
• Studies carried out at Stanford University with undergraduates, nurses and medical students, noted 80% were dangerously sleep deprived. In a specific study where sleepiness was measured objectively in more than 1,000 people who said they had no problem with daytime drowsiness – 34% were found to be dangerously sleepy!

• National Sleep Foundation (NSF) polls indicated over 50% of America’s adults experience one or more symptom of insomnia at least a few nights a week.

• Another NSF poll indicates that 29% of Americans fall asleep or become very sleepy at work.

• According to University of Laval in Quebec study, insomnia costs the Canadian economy $20 billion a year in absenteeism and lost productivity.

As energy starts flagging, we are less vigilant, our memory takes a dive and our productivity slackens. Whatever root cause fatigue stems from, statistics show a power nap helps to return all body systems to "Go!"

Researchers found that by implementing a nap, as part of daily routine, productivity improves 34%, memory 36% and the quick shot of energy can last eight hours. But, most impressive, job attentiveness heightens 100%.

Employers Benefits from Offering Napping at Work
Sara C Mednick, Ph.D., in her book: "Take a Nap! Change your Life" lists 20 worthwhile reasons for napping supported by research. If you are still not convinced, check these napping benefits:
• Increases alertness as much as 100% (NASA studies)
• Speeds up motor performance (A Harvard study showed the motor performance speed was the same for nappers as those who had a full night of sleep)
• Better decisions are made (Pilots who are allowed to nap in the cockpit commit fewer judgment errors on takeoff and landings.)
• Improves perception (A nap can be as effective as a night of sleep in improvement of perceptual skills such as driving, reading, proofreading, quality control, etc.
• Improves accuracy (Fatigue-related accidents cost U.S. industry over $150 million a year)
• Fattens bottom line

(see right column for ordering: "Take a Nap! Change Your Life")

Yet 95% of employers surveyed eschew the idea of employees resting on-the-job, according to the Society for Human Research Management. A majority of US corporations have a myopic view on their bottom-line, rather than initiate far-sighted action to attract, retain and engage staff. Most employers have a company policy that employees caught asleep at work are subject to immediate termination.

2011 UPDATE!
Napping at Work . . . Trending Up!

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, a 2011 employee benefits survey of 600 American companies found that 6% of workplaces had nap rooms in 2011–– a slight increase from 5% in the previous year.

And, in another survey, this one from the National Sleep Foundation, 16% of the 1,508 adults respondents polled said that their work places had designated napping areas, while 34% said their employers allowed them to nap at work.

If your company is interested in profiting from this increasing trend continue reading ... Napping at Work vs. Falling Asleep On-the-job -- Very Different Entities

If you are an employee, here's a napping article for you!

Go to Workplace Safety Tips from Napping at Work

Also see Health and Safety Tips



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