Ironically, Labor Day is America’s day to take a break from labor—at least for many of us. Employers recognize that maintaining a healthy workforce means supporting a healthy lifestyle. Encouraging daily downtime, vacations, independence from electronic tethers, and a good night’s sleep help employees relieve stress. They need a rich life that includes both work and play in order to perform at their best.
Taking this idea one step further, Lisa Evans of Entrepreneur reminds us that R & R doesn’t have to happen only in the off-hours. Napping at work may not be popular in many company cultures, but current research shows that employees who nap during the workday perform better than groggy employees who simply power through the whole eight+ hours. Consider the toll on your employees of traveling or home-related sleep loss – remember your experiences with a newborn? Creating a space for your employees to rest helps them maintain the energy they need to perform at their best. Improving employee health and satisfaction could be as easy as company-endorsed naptime.
Would you consider creating a space for your employees to rest during the work day?