I’m writing this around the same time as the mid-afternoon lull wafts through my brain like a warm summer breeze permeating a crack in veranda blinds.
My eyelids, sandbagged, my motivation levels, dwindling. It’s moments like these where, although I can muster enough ‘umph’ to describe tiredness eloquently, I feel as if I’d be so much more productive after a nap.
And companies worldwide are paying attention to the silent needs of their workers.
As people become so much more conscious about the quality of their sleep and websites start to preach the good word through fantastic franchises (hint), nap rooms are starting to become common practice throughout the offices of Google, The Huffington Post and Ben & Jerry’s.
Buckets of research proves that tired workers and unhappy and therefore unproductive employees to have. The conversation toward a more integrated work area is about the change from being liberal hoo-hah to something of significant value as consulting firm McKinsey have jumped on the bandwagon.
Aiming to squash the notion that sleep is a luxury, the firm is also spreading the report’s message to its enormous network of clients.”
However, the main issue with the nap room is the stigma attached to it. We’re all so caught up in making sure our co-workers think we’re doing a good job that the pressure to stay awake during work hours is palpable – regardless of the overwhelming evidence and benefits of a healthy sleep cycle.
The burden of example is put on executives and bosses to demonstrate a healthy work-life balance. This means no more 3am emails, no more silly overtime and no more pushing through the tiredness because you’re worried what everybody thinks of you!