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
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
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
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
• 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.
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!
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