Granger Whitelaw: My First Entry
September 7, 2011: I have officially enetered the world of “blogging” which I will attempt to do often, but weekly is my commitment. This will be an area where i will share my thoughts with you, answer Questions I am asked and some other random stuff that crosses my path.
So now I will go back to work, although I am most interested in taking a Nap right now! That is my first thought to share with you all. Do you agree an afternoon nap raises productivity in the workplace? Should I have a couch in my office to take a 20 minute power nap, or better, dedicate an entire room in the office to fluffy chairs and couches so others can also enjoy some solitude and refreshment in the middle of a crazy day?
Well, until the next time…..
P.S. Speaking of Napping at work, here’s an interesting article on napping in the office in Inc Magazine.com by Eric Markowitz, click the link to read the rest.
Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staffAug 12, 2011
Should Your Employees Take Naps?
Small businesses increasingly encourage daytime rest to boost productivity and fight fatigue. Sleep experts are applauding.
Years ago, Craig Yarde, founder of Yarde Metals in Bristol, CT, noticed his employees—who work in three manufacturing shifts, 24-hours a day—napping on the job. So when he built a new office space in 1995, he threw in a nap room, with couches.
“People thought we were just completely nuts,” recalls Yarde. “Even some of my employees said ‘What are you doing?'” Fifteen years later, Yarde Metals has grown to nearly 700 employees, with $500 million in annual revenue and locations up and down the east coast—each with its own dedicated napping room.
“Without a question, [naps] improve productivity,” Yarde says. “It’s funny how these things go. It went from being totally ridiculous to being cutting edge now.”
Office naptime is zonking workplaces across the country. OnSwipe, a software shop in Manhattan facilitates napping at an office “den,” as does Pontiflex, a mobile app ad start-up in Brooklyn; Jawa, a mobile app maker in Scottsdale, AZ; and 42 Inc., an information technology consultant in Berkeley, CA. Big-name players like Google and Ben & Jerry’s endorse napping. NASA has teamed up with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and 91 volunteers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to teach astronauts how to nap better during long missions. For some, it’s a company perk akin to gym membership, or free lunch.
For the full article, please visit Inc.com