News: UK Workers Advised to Sleep on the Job

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We’ve all found ourselves needing a little afternoon nap, and the siesta is part of the workday in countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain. New research has found that allowing employees to power nap could have a big effect on businesses.

During a recent study across the UK, US and Western Europe, professors Andrew and Nada Kakabadse found that a group of workers taking a 90-minute nap improved in their ability to learn by 10%.

Nada said “we believe offering workers the opportunity for a brief nap provides significant benefits in employee concentration, health and productivity”.

It’s not only good for your business, it’s good for your employees’ health too. The research also found that people napping at least three times a week for an average of just 30 minutes have a 37% lower coronary mortality than those not taking siestas.

In concluding their research, the professors said: “We recommend companies consider and evaluate appropriate break times for their workers. Staff should be encouraged to take approved rests, and be provided with a private place where they can take a nap without any pressure of their reputation being damaged for doing so”.

So what do you think – would you be happy to let your workers sleep on the job? Leave us a comment below to let us know your thoughts.

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