"Fatigue is the enemy of creativity and memory," Arianna Huffington once said. The HuffPost building remains a sanctuary for workplace nappers, with three(!) rooms devoted to human recharging, but other companies have recently caught onto the trend as well.
In case you're on the job hunt and looking for a way to prioritize applications, it's useful to know that Google, Proctor & Gamble, and Cisco have all purchased EnergyPods from the maker MetroNaps. Just something to consider if you like your mid-afternoon zzz's. The company is seeing a growing demand for EnergyPods and similar products such as the SleepWing and ZeroChair. MetroNaps is one disruptor that's worth keeping on the radar.
The leading product in its field, MetroNaps' EnergyPod allows for a little bit of privacy in the workplace. Ergonomic technology relaxes the body and a variety of sounds are programmed to soothe the client to sleep. It has a 20-minute timer that culminates with a gentle vibration, so nappers won't be in danger of missing an important meeting or phone call.
But these alternative beds aren't for slackers. (Notice how they're called "EnergyPods," not "NapPods.") The idea is that these babies refresh the client so that he or she can be more productive for the remainder of the workday, and apparently that is a hot concept. How hot? Try $8,000.
Products such as the Hideaway Bed offer other sleeping options. Something tells me the EngergyPod is more comfortable than this one.
Other companies welcome the idea of sleeping on the job but have yet to make their napping rooms so stylish. Nationwide Planning Associates in New Jersey has a recliner chair that employees can sign up to use up to twice weekly. Ben & Jerry's and Pizza Hut's corporate offices are nap-friendly too. I'd need a nap if I was surrounded by ice cream and pizza all day too.
The idea of napping on the job may be a foreign one to the old-school corporate employee who's accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment. But with more and more companies changing their mindsets, the future looks bright for MetroNaps.