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Is Your Workplace Incomplete Without A ‘Nap Pod’?

By Cheryl Gregory | Small Business

Surely A Ten-minute to 30- Minute Power Nap Could Be The Answer To Eliminating Stress At Work?

I read this interesting article by Ilya Pozin CEO, Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn today.

He debates whether organisations should aim to improve productivity at work through paid naps.

Although I don’t necessarily agree that ‘paid’ napping should be part of the workplace; I can vouch for the working/lifestyle balance of the French who certainly, in the South West of France seem to have this balance of work/rest in daily life perfectly aligned.

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I do a lot of work near Toulouse in the Midi Pyrenees area of South West France, and here the two-hour lunch is still quite sacred.  At midday on the dot all businesses whether large or small, bar the big supermarket chains, close down for lunch.

When I say ‘close’ down I mean lock the doors, put the shutters down, and spend two solid hours eating and relaxing.

In large companies in France there is usually a large cafeteria with great wholesome  food, encouraging employees to  spending time at work and not drift home, so having  time to put their feet up take a nap, or just relax.

In contrast the average worker in the UK spends just 29 minutes munching down their food often as they work at their desk, so in essence having no ‘break’ or ‘rest at all!

I am not against a ‘paid’ nap time and agree to the Huffington Post’s  two office nap rooms,  which are a positive cultural shift in the workplace. If organisations organised proper lunchtime breaks it  would not only improve overall employee well being, but productivity big-time as well.

There is still a huge culture of lunch-break denial in the UK and America, as many employers think that taking time out from the office is unproductive, and employees think their colleagues will see them as slacking when there’s a lot of work to be done.

Surely with a shift in mindset, employers and workers alike would appreciate that by taking a proper lunch hour (or two) away from their desks, productivity, stamina and enjoyment would actually rocket?

To get away from the workplace for a short time, means you can positively detach yourself psychologically as well as physically.

What you do during your mid day break might vary depending on your job, company culture or personal priorities—but the experts agree all workers should try to do some of these 10 things during lunch hour:

1. Don’t squander your lunch break because it’s ‘free time, Make a plan and don’t waste this precious gift.

2. Staying at your desk is a big no-no! Get up from your desk or work space.

3. Take a deep breath and relax. When you’re relaxed, you can better organise your goals and have a wiser perspective on production.

4. Lunch should be about having a meal.  Enjoy eating!

5. Avoid obsessively checking your e-mail during lunch. Too much staring at the computer screen or phone is not only bad for your health but non- productive without a break.

6. Treat lunch as a football team treat halftime, take a few minutes to reassess where you’re at and re-prioritize the rest of your day.

7. Remember it’s your time to refresh, go for a brisk walk, listen to music, and chat with a work colleague.

8. Network.  Lunch is a great opportunity to continue to make relationships and network with other work colleagues, whether that is by having lunch with them or calling them to catch up

9. Talk with people about something besides work during lunchtime it will also boost your energy level and improve your mood for the rest of the day

10. Take Some fresh air. 20 minutes of sunlight and fresh air is the perfect elixir for the midday blues.

Business giants are now installing  ‘power nap pods’ to boost productivity of workforce. Read more here.

So yes, acceptance of “nap culture” would do us all good, but as far as making it a paid nap, with finances in short supply, do we need to go that far? What are your views? How far would you go to shift this culture change?

This post was first seen here.

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