Nap Kin

In August, I commented briefly on the role of catnaps at work. This week, USA Today's founder, Al Neuharth, shares some statistics from a new study of companies' perspectives on employees catching 40 winks at work. And it's not a restful report.

Even though a 2002 Harvard University study showed that a midday nap can increase productivity, a report to be released Dec. 1 indicates that more than half of organizations surveyed are getting "tough on nappers." Neuharth goes on to extoll the virtue and value of the productive power nap. And he closes with the following: "Bosses who don't understand that a little catnap can make employees feel better and work better aren't smart enough to be the boss."

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  • bangg

    I read this while I was almost going to take a nap --and I *am* the boss! So I have to concede that naps are useful, and I couldn't penalize any of my staff whom I find napping. But I don't approve of sleeping at the desk -which sometimes leads to snoring -because that can be distracting to co-workers. Solution? Go into a meeting room, or (I sometimes do this myself) grab a quick shuteye in a washroom cubicle.

  • Clynton Taylor

    Amen to the last quote. It's absoultely absurd that people still think that the amount of time your butt's on the chair is directly linked to your productivity! Unbelievably naive and stupid. At a certain point, the longer you sit there the less productive you will be until the damage you cause far outweighs any real work you were able to do.

    You've got to take breaks. Get the blood moving. Change contexts. Well, preaching to the choir, I am sure.