Should Your Business Have a ‘Nap Room’?

The first time I heard the ‘nap room’ idea was a couple years ago. I was running a program where I facilitate feedback from a team of employees without the owner present. The idea of a ‘nap room’ came up twice. The second time I had to ask if they were really serious.

They were!

The main argument for the nap room was this:

If I am really tired at work, I am not very productive and am likely prone to make mistakes. If I could get a 20 minute nap, my productivity for the rest of the day would be more than the time lost during the nap.

The main argument against the nap room is:

I pay my employees to work not to sleep!

It makes sense to encourage your employees to get sleep on their own time. However, there are exceptions when a nap room would be a productivity improvement tool. I can think of the time when the employee needs a nap for reasons that are not in their control like a new baby, a middle of the night call to a crisis or even an employee that was called out for a long service call during the night and still works the following day.

Another consideration is the appreciation and uniqueness of having a nap room available to the employees. If you have the space, it is a low cost benefit that could provide a big benefit for those exceptions times when it is both a perk to a tired employee and a productivity boost after the alarm goes off!

Any thoughts or experiences with this concept?



Author: Paul Foster
Paul's life’s purpose is to bring more cash, freedom and happiness to independent business owners. Paul wants to learn about your toughest business challenges and frustrations so he can help you tackle them.

1 Comment

  • colin onions

    I used to nap everyday for 20 mins in my lunch break. It takes a while & a little practice but once you have the skill you can drop off in no time. I found my nap to be quite envigorating. Not getting disturbed is the big thing.

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