A company has installed a double bed in the middle of the office after staff made requests for a designated sleep zone.
HR consultancy firm BrightHR in Manchester often asks staff for advice on how to make the working environment more enjoyable, and employees took the opportunity to request for a bed to be installed.
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“We furnished it like a typical bedroom – it looks like Ikea. It has softer lighting and lamps and a bedside cabinet.”
But Sheryl insists staff have used the sleep zone as a creative-thinking space as opposed to a place to ease off a weekday hangover.Sheryl said: “People use the bed for different things. I have seen people having meetings on it lying down.“I have seen a group of five or six people sitting on it like a big office table. It looked like a sleepover.“I have seen people lying down but I haven’t seen somebody under the covers and snoring yet.“I’m sure some people might have turned up and used it when they have had a hangover but I haven’t been told about it.”Staff at BrightHR are now taking part in a pioneering new study to test the power of napping on the job.Working with leading bed makers Silentnight and their resident sleep expert, BrightHR is one of the first UK companies to trial the benefits of power naps.
And Sheryl agrees that the bed has increased productivity in the office.
Sheryl said: “People have been more relaxed since the arrival of the bed. If I am feeling really tired at work I take few minutes’ rest and I feel refreshed straightaway. There is definitely a benefit.
“We are keeping the bed indefinitely.”