Is your office this cool?

Is your office this cool?
(Clockwise from left) SAP Singapore's office is filled with cosy corners, such as this sitting room. An SAP Singapore employee snoozes inside the company’s only sleep pod, at its office at Mapletree Business City.. Facebook employee Cindy Low enjoying a glass of wine, courtesy of the company's pantry.

SINGAPORE - We're familiar with the feeling - heavy eyelids which threaten to close after you return from that hour-long lunch break.

At SAP Singapore, food comas may just be the thing you don't have to fight.

Concede defeat within the sleep pod - a reclining sofa which comes fitted with a helmet-like dome, painted black on the inside.

The dome, which encapsulates the upper half of the body, ensures that you get privacy from curious colleagues - who will find it difficult to figure out who's taking that much-needed nap on the job.

Built-in audio speakers also ensure you get the perfect lullaby for that afternoon nap.

"The pod is imported from overseas, and designed for power napping at work, to help employees recharge, manage stress and increase productivity at work," says Mr Kowshik Sriman, managing director at the firm, which sells and develops business management software.

It's not just sleeping on the job that the company tolerates - and encourages.

The 1,000-strong staff also get to enjoy a Nintendo Wii games console, and snooker and table football. These are located inside a pantry that's stocked with fresh fruit, which is replenished every day.

Cosy corners, where swing-like seats suspend from the ceiling, are also hot favourites among employees, says Ms Selina Yeo, head of communications (Southeast Asia).

"I like to come here for a break, to look out of the window or just to sit and read when taking a break," she says.

A 9m-long foot-reflexology path also encourages health and wellness, says Mr Sriman.

The SAP office, which occupies 3½ floors at the Mapletree Business City in Pasir Panjang, was designed by Australia-based architecture and interior design company, HBO+EMTB.

SAP, which has branches in more than 50 countries, counts Singapore as its regional headquarters.

The company moved into the 134,000-sq-ft space in January 2011, after a year-long design and furnishing process.

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