The previous year has been troublesome for workers. This is carried over to 2023 as companies start laying off employees across the country.
Well-Rested Employees Perform Best in Any Situation
Getting paid time off is not enough for employees this year. According to a published post by CNBC, companies are now experimenting with new strategies to bring out the best in their workers. Instead of giving out PTOs, HR experts suggest focusing on pushing “proactive rest”.
Giving out time off gets employers thinking that they are providing their employees with ways to relieve stress and recover from it. Brent Cassell, vice president of the HR Group at Gartner expressed that even though it is a valuable tool, proactive rest is more than that. The best organizations are stepping up to usher in new perks and working models. This is to help employees maintain their emotional resilience and performance rather than offering rest as a recovery solution.
Proactive Rest to Help Employees Perform Better
Proactive rest is best described as giving employees the freedom on choosing their own breaks. This will give them a set schedule in accordance with their personal pre-scheduled activities. Having this also encourages having meeting-free days to cut down on recurring meetings.
There are companies who innovatively used proactive rest to best fit their employees. An example of this is Wakefit, a mattress and furniture company headquartered in India. The CEO emailed workers about the company’s new “Right to Nap” policy, where no work is to be done between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to encourage employees to take an afternoon nap.