Should You Allow Employees to Sleep on the Job?

Have you ever felt the desire to take a quick nap during the work day? Many of us have. Doing so could help individuals feel refreshed, possibly resulting in greater productivity.  Several years ago, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued new recommendations for appropriate amounts of sleep.  For adults aged 18 – 65+, they recommended between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. For various reasons (sick family members, barking dogs, stress, etc.), not everyone gets a good night’s rest. But falling asleep at work is considered taboo (even grounds for firing in some instances). The author of this article wonders if employers should allow employees to nap while at work, and lays out several pros and cons. The author also offers several ways to implement a napping-at-work program.  To be effective, employers must ensure that you provide a supportive culture.