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News: Afternoon naps boost staff health and productivity


Allowing employees to take an afternoon nap is not only good for their health, but also improves their ability to concentrate and learn, a study has found.

A review of US and European research revealed that if workers took a 30 minute siesta three times a week, they were 37% less likely to die of coronary heart failure than those who didn’t.
Individuals who took a 90 minute doze likewise improved their ability to learn by 10%, while those that didn’t saw it fall by an equivalent amount.
But Dr Andrew Kakabadse, professor of international management development at Cranfield University and co-author of the study, pointed out that a key consequence of the current economic crisis was the shorter duration of break times as job insecurity increased.
As a result, he said: “We recommend companies consider and evaluate appropriate break times for their workers. Staff should be encouraged to take approved rests and be provided with a private place where they can take a nap without any pressure of their reputation being damaged for doing so.”
The review was undertaken in conjunction with Dr Nada Kakabadse, professor of management and business research at the University of Northampton Business School.

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  1. afternoon nap

    I read first time such a good post.if organisation gives such better decision to care employees then no one worry about stress and tension.


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