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Can napping at work improve employees’ productivity?

Posted on August 26th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

There are a number of methods a company's human resources administration can employ to boost permanent and contract employees' productivity levels. However, many HR departments probably don't consider napping to be one of those tools.

Yet, a recent article in Inc. magazine explains how instituting a napping policy can actually help employees recharge and, ultimately, boost productivity, creativity and innovation.

"When we started this concept back in 2003, a lot of people thought we were pretty crazy," Christopher Lindholst, one of the founders of MetroNaps, tells the source.

"Since then, companies have embraced the idea … sleep is an important pillar of health, and if they're interested in maintaining employee well-being and increasing productivity, they need to do something to allow people to get rest," he adds.

Furthermore, James Maas, a sleep expert and Cornell social psychologist, explains that napping also reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Whether or not employers choose to develop a napping policy, encouraging workers to take small breaks to recharge, such as going for a walk or stepping away from the computer, can help improve concentration and, ultimately, success. 

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