BrightHR encourages sleeping on the job

BrightHR encourages sleeping on the job

Manchester’s BrightHR has introduced ‘nap-time’ for its employees in a bid to boost productivity.

The people management software company has created a new sleep room in its city centre office to allow staff to take part in a pioneering new study to test the power of napping on the job.

Working with Silentnight and the bed maker’s resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, BrightHR is one of the first UK companies to trial the benefits of ‘sleeping on the job’ and is encouraging staff to come and take a short power nap during working hours.

The nap-room has been specially designed to have a soporific effect on participants, with temperature, lighting and ambience all created to induce sleep quickly. A king size bed, with the latest mattress technology has also been installed to ensure that employees enjoy the most restful nap possible.

The term 'power nap' describes a short sleep which terminates before the occurrence of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS), with the intention of quickly revitalising the subject. BrightHR hopes 40 winks will boost concentration, energy levels and creativity among its hardworking employees.

Paul Harris, co-founder and CMO of BrightHR, said: “We are passionate about the importance of fun and play at work, and believe this is key to productivity and creativity. From day one we always wanted our office to be a really engaging place for the team to enjoy.

“We have a 50ft long Jack and the Beanstalk’s Garden themed breakout space with bean bags, football nets, space hoppers and NERF guns, and we actively encourage the team to use these throughout the course of their day. Introducing a bed seemed like a good next step to make the team feel relaxed and take some time out away from their desks."

Results of the power nap study in association with BrightHR and Silentnight will be published later in the year.