More and more companies are introducing “nap rooms” or “energy pods” which are said to leave employees happier and more productive. The “pod” which has been used by Procter and Gamble and Google resembles a chaise lounge and has an adjustable pod top to block light. One New Jersey office has a nap
room with one recliner, allowing one worker at a time to catch up on sleep.

Tensions will rise as you’ll get that one worker who will abuse his nap time by oversleeping. It’s like the person at the gym who exceeds the time limit on the
elliptical machine. If there’s a time line, will alarm clocks be available to wake the person who may be a heavy sleeper? I don’t want to be the person next
in line to receive the wrath of a coworker, waken from a dream featuring Gerard Butler.

I think napping on the job can be a lifesaver for those who have trouble sleeping at night; now they don’t have to worry about falling asleep at their desk. It can become a problem if there’s a worker who comes in late, takes an extra-long lunch, sleeps for over an hour and leaves early. The words “increased productivity” are lost on such a person.

In Italy, every afternoon there’s a siesta. I witnessed stores, restaurants and every business shut down so people could rest and be refreshed for the remainder of the day. If kids in kindergarten (who eat paste and play with blocks) get to nap, why not adults? It makes sense.

Only, napping at work can get dangerous if the line for the pod (like the ladies room line) is long and management asks employees to double up in using the pod. Next thing you know, you’re nose to nose with Fred, the guy you have a crush on. Soon, you and Fred are having a fling and doing more than management permits in the pod. You and Fred are fired for not sleeping (when you should have been) on the job.  So, you and Fred lose your job, lose your spouses and your houses. You and Fred are now two peas in a pod, sleeping in a van. Pity.

 

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