Napping… at work? Your immediate reaction as an employer may be “no way,” but you may be surprised to learn that there are many benefits to allowing your team to rest up while at work. Have you ever considered allowing your team to power nap during work hours? Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of workplace napping from the team at Prescott HR!
What can a workplace nap look like?
If workplace napping is a new concept to you, we want to explain what the practice could look like. The concept of the workplace nap become popular in recent years as companies in places like Silicon Valley improved their work culture with “nap pods” or nap rooms. We want to be clear that napping in the workplace is not an activity that takes place over an extended period of time. A workplace nap can be a quick power nap in a designated area, so they can recharge their batteries for a more productive work day.
The Pros of Workplace Napping
Now that you understand how a workplace nap could play out at your organization, here are the benefits for why you should consider allowing this practice at your office:
- Increase energy: Americans are not getting enough sleep. A quick power nap can help boost your employees’ energy, so they can be more productive throughout the day.
- It’s healthy: An effective power nap has been shown to help reduce stress levels, curb anxiety, and improve overall health benefits.
- Boost your mood: Sometimes the stress of the workplace can eat away at your team members. The beauty of a quick power nap is that your team members can take a moment to unplug and feel refreshed, which can help boost their overall mood.
- Competitive work perk: As more companies search for ways to recruit and retain their workforce, allowing naps in the workplace is a pretty great selling point. Keep up with the competition by allowing your office to experience this unique work perk.
The Cons of Workplace Napping
Like all office policies, workplace napping does have its downsides. Here are the cons of workplace napping for your organization to consider:
- This may take time: Allowing workplace naps may be a pretty big cultural shift for your workplace, and with all changes, it could take time for your team to adapt.
- Not everyone will want to: In that same breath, not everyone likes to nap during the day. This could cause conflict between your team members.
- Shifts will need to be covered: If you have a team member who is taking a power nap, someone will need to be responsible for covering their tasks while they are unavailable. This can become problematic for someone who is responsible for answering important calls or greeting guests.
Work with Prescott HR
Does your organization need help to update office policies like workplace napping? We are here to help! Prescott HR offers a wide range of services that can help your organization evaluate your current policies and incorporate new ones, as needed. Our unintimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with precisely what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.