SLEEPING ON THE JOB, OH YEAH!

Sleeping on the job?  You’re fired!

That’s an old one, isn’t it?  Maybe too old.

Most of us have read about the studies concerning sleeping on the job and the numerous benefits to all parties.  Hitting the pillow at strategic times throughout the workday brings a powerful refresher.  The employee becomes more creative and productive, benefiting both the organization and the customer.  The power nap is in.  Some companies have already embraced the practice by providing nap rooms in quiet areas.

Sleeping reboots the brain, refreshes the thinking, and informs the conscious with the subconscious, often resulting in better decisions.  We’ve all used the response, “let me sleep on it,” in considering certain decisions.  Whether the job is physical, mental, or both, a strategic nap during a workday lull can work wonders.

Unfortunately, our classic American mindset strongly inoculates us against the very thought of sleeping on the job.  And thus we trudge on, convincing ourselves we are doing the noble, productive, right thing, when in reality we are often making more mistakes and even putting ourselves and other people at risk.  You do the cost/benefit analysis on that one!

How long will it be until the siesta mindset replaces the workaholic mindset in America?  Your guess is as good as mine.  But I say the sooner the better.  Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m not advocating we become slothful.  I am advocating we work smarter by working holistically, and holistically means we constantly consider the whole condition of our body and mind.

I would be interested in hearing from people for whom the siesta workplace has been a welcomed success story.  I would also like to hear from those who may have had a very different outcome.  And what about those who may have had a bit of a back-and-forth experience in trying to implement the policy?

On that note, I think I will wrap this one up.  I’ve been working hard, and I’m going to catch a few Z’s.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger.

I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.


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