Dozing off in the office during work hours is embarrassing and often frowned upon but this company just made it an official part of their workday. Wakefit, a D2C home and sleep solutions company, terms it the "right to nap" for its employees.
In an email, posted on social media by some Wakefit employees, Wakefit co-founder Chaitanya Ramalingegowda has announced that 2 to 2.30 p.m will be the official nap time for all employees.
"Research shows that afternoon naps help with memory, concentration, creativity and productivity. A NASA study reveals that a 26-minute catnap can enhance performance by 33%, while a Harvard Study shows how naps prevent burnout. Keeping these in mind, we have decided to normalise afternoon naps at work and declare 2 to 2.30 p.m. as official nap time for all our employees. From now on, you will have the right to nap between 2 to 2.30 p.m," Ramalingegowda wrote in the email.
Ramalingegowda said that despite of having been in the business of sleep for over six years now, they have failed to do justice to a crucial aspect of rest - the afternoon nap. “We have always taken naps seriously, but starting today, we will be taking things up a notch,” he wrote.
He said that every employee's calendar will be blocked during the said time as "official nap time", adding that the company is also working towards creating cozy nap pods and quiet rooms in the office to build the perfect nap environment for the employees.
"Looking forward to catching you sleeping at work," he concluded.
The company, founded by Ankit Garg and Ramalingegowda in March 2016 with a vision to democratise sleep and home solutions in India, sells across the country through its own online portal and through other online marketplaces.
It has received Series A funding from marquee investor Sequoia Capital India, Series B funding from Verlinvest and Sequoia Capital India, and recently received Series C funding from US-based SIG, while existing investors Verlinvest and Sequoia Capital India also participated.