Hi Brad,I would really like to take power naps at work, but I suspect my boss would frown on the practice, or mock it outright. What could I do to change his mind?
This is a very tricky question. Ideally you go to work with plenty of rest so you can do your job as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you won’t need to nap at work. I suspect that if I walked into my office and saw some of my team asleep I would have a real problem with it. That said, salaried employees tend to work long hours, more than 40 per week, and spend loads of time at the office. When you put those pressures with the stresses of home life, it’s not surprising when some team members are absolutely beat and need to shut their eyes for a few minutes.
To me, as a business owner, it comes down to results. It you hit your deadlines and get your work done with quality and efficiency, a case could be made for some power work naps. But you’d also have to be sure that other team members weren’t taking advantage and letting their work slack.
Many companies these days give their employees lounges and other areas where they can get away from work for a few minutes while at work. It’s a great way to build a pleasant culture that everybody wants to be a part of. That might be a better avenue to come to your boss with than asking to take naps from time to time. But, remember, whatever you approach your boss with, be sure you can prove the results will work for him and the business before you ask.
All the best,
Date: December 5, 2013