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Better than coffee, workplace nap rooms let employees recharge

Posted March 19, 2013

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— When Brooks Bell moved her namesake web development company to a space on Hillsborough Street, she decided to build her dream office.

“I wanted a bar. I wanted to have a brainstorm room, and I wanted to have a nap room,” she said.

The nap room at Brooks Bell is a cool, dark, quiet place where employees can come in, use the pull-out sofa and get a half-hour of shut eye. Every employee also has a locker to stash a change of clothes or other personal items.

The employees love it.

“You need a place to come and get away from it all and problem-solve,” Mike Adams said.

“Are you kidding me? This is the greatest thing ever,” added Jenni Bruckman.

Workplace nap room lets employees recharge Workplace nap room lets employees recharge

Employees say the afternoon recharge helps.

“You may be stuck on a problem or have trouble thinking of a creative solution,” Bruckman said, “Sometimes, you just need to take that moment away.”

Bell says the workplace nap room is an idea whose time has come because the daily 9-to-6 grind just isn’t natural. A nap improves everyone’s productivity and creativity, she said.

Bell said embracing the afternoon nap at work is a simple way to get more done and be happier doing it.

“When I wake up, I get three or four hours of clear work,” she said. “Clarity. I can think again.”

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  • Sherlock Mar 21, 11:02 a.m.

    Do they get paid for the nap time?

  • oleguy Mar 21, 8:40 a.m.

    Not everyone can do the 15 min. power nap. What happens when it goes to 25 min, 45 min or an hour

  • djofraleigh Mar 20, 6:13 p.m.

    The union for air traffic controllers wants them to have paid naps to relieve stress.

    Are workers going to be able to share those nap beds?

  • outhousecat Mar 20, 6:02 p.m.

    I work night shift and it's been proven over and over that letting employees take a nap improves productivity and reduces mistakes.

    It's too bad that "administration" at most places looks at naps like wasted time. Employees could really benefit from being allowed to take a 15 minute power nap or two.

    It's really ironic that hospitals refuse to look at evidence that naps improve the health of their night shifters. I guess they don't care about us unless we're paying customers.

  • wayneboyd Mar 20, 5:30 p.m.

    Times have sure changed. I wish I had kept tabs on the number of times I've read on here how disgusted the American worker was with the way the government caters to folks on public assistance. Public transportation, head start programs, after school child care, free lunches, free phones, free internet services, a gym, etc, etc, and now you want to be able to sleep a half hour each day. Wonder what Henry Ford would say to that. Everybody wants to earn at least $150.000.00 per year, want two weeks paid vacations, unlimited sick leave, free healthcare, a company car, employee furnished child care, a cafeteria that serves three meals per day, a plush office with internet access, 401k retirement, and retirement by age 30. Why did you ever leave home you had a mother and daddy to look after you there.

  • kermit60 Mar 20, 3:45 p.m.

    Is there just one "Nap" room? How do all the employees fit their 30 min Nap in if there is more than six or so? Who cleans the bad after each use or do they just hope the person before them was clean? I guess it would beat the office couch for those late hours and special meetings.

  • JDAmbrosio Mar 20, 3:18 p.m.

    Slacker leading the slackers. Wow.

  • MonkeyFace Mar 20, 3:03 p.m.

    canesgirl.. I'm right there with you!

  • Holy Carp. Mar 20, 3:00 p.m.

    Power naps are awesome.

  • vsusu2002 Mar 20, 2:47 p.m.

    A lot of jobs now can be stressful. This can be a great way to keep the stress level down. Hey employers, take heed!

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