Sleeping on the job

Mar 13 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

I never thought I'd see the day where sleeping on the job was not only a non-firing offense, but also actually encouraged. Ladies and gentlemen, that day is finally here and I can now say that I've seen just about everything.

In case you didn't know it, March 10 was "Sleep at Work Day" Ė and it's something backed by such companies as Google, Pizza Hut, and Nike. Before you start to think that it's too good to be true, let me tell you that it is Ė but it's still a great idea. See, there are an increasing number of companies that are allowing workers to replace coffee break with a quick power nap.

In fact, one savvy businessman decided to create a place for power nappers to come in, relax and comfort and hit the road. What a brilliant idea!

A power nap (and not a full blow 2 hour siesta) is a great way to rejuvenate, relax the body, ease stress and power up before facing the trials and tribulations of a workday afternoon.

With the ever increasing commute times, as well as the ever-present work stresses, it just makes good sense for employees to have this option for their own good as well as to help them increase productivity.


Older Comments

I think a power nape is a great idea. Although some people are Nightowls, the body relates REST to night. When forced to stay awake it eventually cause harm to the body and mind. A nap should be expected if working a twelve hours night shift I worked the 7P to 7A shift and one of the rules was that you were not to sleep. Of course you can imagine the RULER was broken. We walked, drank coffee, sodas and other caffinated products to remain awake. Once we left the job, our bodies were totally confused as to what to do. I fought hard to drive the 17 miles home. I couldn't sleep once I made it home. Several times I swirved off the road or crossed the middle line. One day I ran a stop sign. I ended up leaving the job because I wasn't ready to die and had no right to take someone else life. We experienced a high turnover in employees, excessive absenteeism, tardiness, short tempers, and poor work performance. This eventually led to employee burnout.

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