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Health experts have gone so far as to say worker fatigue is an epidemic that is weighing on workers' health and productivity. And employers who have ignored it — most of them — have done so at their own risk.
To help its 20 employees in the office fight through a wave of afternoon fatigue, Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. remodeled an unused closet with a recliner, a fountain and a bamboo rug. Nap time these days isn't just for preschoolers.
Employees of the Paramus, N.J., investment firm sign up for 20-minute blocks of restorative time twice a week and emerge energized, as if hitting the restart button.
"I don't even drink coffee anymore because (after a nap) you don't need to," said James Colleary, 27, a compliance principal who helped convince management that a nap room would be worth the investment. "If you take only 20 minutes, you actually feel alert (when you wake up). You feel refreshed."
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