Advertising
Advertising

Why You Should Let Your Employees Take a Nap Every Day

Why You Should Let Your Employees Take a Nap Every Day

A good nap can go a long way. Even though it means an hour of inactivity, a nap for employees will likely increase your company’s productivity overall, leading to a more satisfied staff and a number of other benefits. Keep reading to learn why a regular nap for your employees can take your company to new heights.

1. People with jobs usually don’t get enough sleep

Let’s start with the most sympathetic reason to let your staff take naps. Chances are that your employees are not getting as much sleep as they need. According to a 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 43 percent of Americans claim they don’t get enough sleep. This is due to having a lot on their plates and not being able to sleep because of stress. Even with the best sleeping pills or smartest tricks for falling asleep some still aren’t able to get the sleep they need at night. It’s beneficial to give them some time to rest during the work day. Empathy alone is a solid reason to let your staff take a nap every day.

Advertising

2. Employees rarely spend their whole shifts working

There has been plenty of research done that proves that employees are wasting most of their work hours, on the internet or other things that don’t have to do with what they’re employed to be doing. If the time they spend doing things unrelated to work is spent taking a nap, you’ll benefit a lot more.

3. You’re giving up a little time to make a lot more time super-productive

When people are rested, they are more productive. Both research and common sense show that the energy provided by a little more sleep is worth more than the time those individuals spend sleeping.

Advertising

4. You don’t have to lengthen deadlines

Even if your employees are taking regular naps, you should feel no obligation to extend assignment due dates. The whole idea behind the naps is that you’re increasing productivity overall. Thanks to the benefits of being more rested, there is every reason to believe that they’ll get their work done faster even with less time.

5. You’ll be able to quickly identify the lazy employees

The lazy employees are generally taking naps regardless of the rules. Chances are they’ll feel free to take them even more often with regular nap sessions in place. That means you’re more likely to catch them sleeping on the job when they’re not supposed to, which enables you to fire them and find someone more committed to the position.

Advertising

6. A nap will make employees happier

Happiness is a major motivator. Not only does productivity sink when individuals are depressed, being happier than average means that they will generally produce work that is above average. A more well-rested person is a happier one, and you’ll be greatly benefitting from their good moods.

7. Many of the most successful companies do it

Google, a trendsetter when it comes to good company habits, provides its very own nap pods for its employees. They’re called EnergyPods, and were most often used by NASA. They surround the occupant in a private space, prohibit any interruptions, and reclines to the perfect resting position so blood will best flow through your body. You don’t need to go to these extreme lengths, of course, but it’s interesting to know how much a company like Google is committed to the concept of regular naps in the workplace.

Advertising

8. You get to take a nap, too!

As an employer, you’re probably working very hard yourself. Well, if everyone else gets an hour to rest, you do, too! That’s yet another reason a nap a day is good for business.

Featured photo credit: Hard work can hurt/normalityrelief via flickr.com

More by this author

Matt OKeefe

Matt is a marketer and writer who shares about lifestyle and productivity tips on Lifehack.

15 Productive Things to Do When Bored (So Time Is Not Wasted) The 10 Best Online Dictionaries 15 Easy Ways For Everyone To Make Money With Social Media 7 Ways To Give Great Feedback This Is What The Cozy Home Designed By 2000 People Looks Like

Trending in Work

1 How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively 2 How Connecting Different Learning Styles Leads to Career Success 3 How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples) 4 Personal Branding Basics You Need to Know for Career Success 5 How To Work Remotely And Stay Productive

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

Advertising

  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

Advertising

By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

Advertising

And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

Advertising

When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

More About Learning Styles

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

Reference

Read Next