Asleep on the Job

A report released by the Sleep Health Foundation reveals a $26bn loss to the Australian economy due to a lack of sleep, with productivity losses accounting for the majority of this. Progressive employers such as Google find ways to integrate napping into office environment through use of furniture such as Metronaps Energy Pods. Meanwhile, in China, there are instances of start-up employees being provided camp beds beside their desks. However, the idea of sleeping in the office is, for some, too far down the route of work-life integration rather than work-life balance. The alternative to taking naps at work is keeping people awake. For instance, the UK’s air traffic control service, NATS, fills their office with fake daylight to promote circadian rhythm, whereas an office without a good coffee machine is now of course totally unthinkable.