Doze Off! Offices Add Napping Pods as Health and Wellness Strategy
July 19, 2018 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Focusing on the health and wellness of building occupants is becoming an increasingly important tenet of a facility manager’s job. From making sure indoor air quality is top-notch to providing shower facilities and incentives for employees who bike to work, health and wellness is becoming an all-hands-on-deck initiative.
For some organizations, those efforts also means providing places where employees can catch a quick nap, if need be. This Chicago Tribune article reports on the way specialized napping pods are gaining momentum among forward-thinking businesses.
About one-third of adults do not get enough sleep, and sleep deprivation annually costs the United States $411 billion in economic losses and about 1.23 million working days.
A number of manufacturers have introduced high-tech napping pods for employees to grab a quick snooze during the course of the workday. These napping pods include relaxing sound and light atmospheres to “gently guide the user through a 15-minute power nap,” according to the article. These napping pods carry a hefty price tag – up to $20,000. And of course there’s still the issue of company culture: Many companies still will resist the idea of allowing and encouraging employees to nap during the work day.