Should employees be allowed to nap at work? | The Tylt
Should employees be allowed to nap at work?
More and more places are letting their employees nap because it boosts productivity. It's counter-intuitive, but some companies are finding workers are able to get more done after taking a quick nap on the company dime. Napping helps reduce fatigue over the course of the day and boosts creative thinking. Workers are more stressed out now than ever.
In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers tested subjects on their perceptual performance four times throughout the day. Performance deteriorated with each test, but subjects who took a 30-minute nap between tests stopped the deterioration in performance, and those who took a 60-minute nap even reversed it.
While it's a good idea in principle, some companies that have implemented the policy have found that it doesn't always work out as planned. One start-up found workers were oversleeping and would wake up even less productive than when they went to sleep. Employees were not more productive and were actually meeting fewer goals than before they took naps.
Not everyone wakes up from a snooze able to bounce back to their previous energy levels. And not all employees who leave their workstation for a “quick” walk or game of table football or table tennis return promptly. Managers who’ve instituted these programmes then find themselves tasked with a job more akin to that of a kindergarten teacher overseeing a room of toddlers — monitoring their (grown up) team’s midday sleep and relaxation habits.