Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

January 21, 2013

Sleep for success

By Rebecca Todd

— I'm writing today to petition my boss, and everyone else's boss, to add an important benefit to everyone's work day. To clear up any confusion, I will just refer to this hoard of bosses as "Mr. Boss Man," which is how I like to refer to my boss anyway, although sometimes I call him "Big Dog," because I'm cool like that and also because I have a co-worker who is somewhat overly enthusiastic at times and gives us all nicknames. Said co-worker figures prominently into my argument for this new benefit, as she is very much in need of it. We will call her "Donna" because I wouldn't want to use her real name.

This new benefit is not just for employees, it will also strengthen each and every business and organization who implements my new plan. My plan ensures that all employees will show improved performance and have fewer accidents. Employees will have better memories, make fewer mistakes, and have quicker reaction times. Employees will be happier and teamwork will improve. I'm not just talking about your employees, Mr. Boss Man, I'm talking about you as well. You will see these same improvements in yourself.

What is this miracle of all miracles that will improve your business? What is this thing that will turn things around for you? It's quite simple: nap time.

I'll give you a moment to quit laughing, because I assure you, I am quite serious about this.

Still waiting.

All done? Good. Now hear me out.

It's no secret that most people fall into a lull after lunch during the business day. Others, like "Donna," tend to lose focus and do inane things like make up nicknames for the rest of the staff or sing little songs.

According to the Mayo Clinic, short daytime naps offer many benefits. Just a 15- to 20-minute nap or even just deep relaxation, reduces fatigue enough to offer "improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes."

That's right, Mr. Boss Man, it's not just me that thinks it's a good idea. The Mayo Clinic agrees, and those folks don't mess around when it comes to medical research. They know their stuff. I bet THEY take naps.

Not enough? Ever hear about a place called Bell Labs? Well, me neither. Until that is, I read an article about them and their important innovations during the 20th century such as the transistor and satellite communications. How were they able to accomplish these things? That's right; they took naps.

So consider this, Mr. Boss Man, which is just a generic term and should not be taken as offensive to the bosses that happen to be women: why not stop dumping so much extra work on your employees? Why not make everyone happy and increase productivity by giving everyone a 15-minute nap? Why not rejuvenate your employees and calm down and de-stress the ones like "Donna" who tend to go off the deep end late in the day?

(This has been an unbiased opinion by Rebecca Todd, who would never nap on the job without permission.)

- Rebecca Todd is the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at btodd@tds.net.