Nigel is a CEO who sleeps on the job and encourages his staff to do so as well. NapNow explores the basis of his personal and professional pro-napping attitude.

NapNow: What’s your personal experience of napping?

Nigel: I first discovered the power nap about five years ago when I read about the trend starting with tech companies in the US. I started napping in the car, normally in the afternoon between 3 and 4pm or whenever I felt that dip in energy and productivity. I try and nap every day unless I get caught up with clients or in a meeting.

You get addicted to the improvements in so many areas of your working and personal life.

After a nap I feel much more focused and energised and I get through a lot more at work in much less time. In my personal life it has definitely reduced stress and I don’t get that burnt out feeling.

 NapNow:Why, as a CEO, have you invested in a nap pod for your staff?

Nigel: We decided that to really gain the benefits of the workplace power nap  we needed to have a designated space that was just for napping. We had a nap pod installed, but a room with an area to lie down or even recline such as a hammock or lounger works just as well. I would really recommend having a booking system as then your employees know they won’t be interrupted and they feel that this is their allocated time slot.

 

NapNow: What’s the best way to encourage your staff to nap during a working day?

Nigel: The most important thing  an organisation  can do to encourage napping, is to make it very much part of the company culture. Not just accepted – but encouraged.

If someone is looking tired we remind them about taking a nap. We also remind employees that a 20 minute nap, even if they are flat out busy, actually creates additional time through productivity gains. A 10 to 20 minute nap has been shown to have productivity improvements of up to 30% for around 2 hours so the benefits in completing tasks during the day is significant.

It is vital to know that the company sees napping as a key driver of improved productivity as well as wellbeing and that everyone in the organisation has positive gains from napping.

 

Welnis is an interior wellness consultancy, focussing on creating built environments that benefit the environment as well as human health.