Asleep on the Job, The Power of Napping

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Energy PodBoston University professor William Anthony, Ph.D. and his wife Camille created National Napping Day in 1999. The unofficial holiday acknowledges that people feel sleepy after turning the clocks forward to adjust to Daylight Savings Time. Their goal was to encourage people to nap after “springing forward,” no matter where they are (home or work) and to make it a regular part of their healthy lifestyle.

Because technology gives us the ability to do basically any task 24/7, including job searching, I have found the afternoon power nap to be beneficial during this time in my life.

A little snooze during the midday slump does wonders for my positivity and productivity.

I meet people from all walks of life in my journey through career transition. All who have been downsized, right sized, or marginalized through no fault of their own.

We share tips and strategies to find new employment.

Eyebrows raise when I reveal a secret of my job search.

I explain that finding a new job is hard work and that job loss can take a physical and emotional toll. Job hunters must be at their absolute best when searching, networking, responding to ads, and interviewing. Studies show a little shuteye of 20 minutes dramatically improves alertness, productivity, well being, and learning.

Since Human Resources is one of my areas of expertise, I have some clout when it comes to such topics.

While most workplaces don’t encourage employees to pass out on the break room couch, some companies like Google, The Huffington Post, and Proctor & Gamble have nap rooms or rejuvenation centers to encourage employees to sleep on the job to boost productivity.

Some organizations take fighting workplace fatigue to a higher level by using the MetroNaps EnergyPod, a futuristic bed-chair designed specifically for grabbing a few z’s on the job. The pod-like chair has been used by hundreds of companies in dozens of countries across four continents. That’s a lot of productive employees!

While nearly a third of American workers are sleep deprived, many countries’ cultures include an afternoon catnap. I encourage those engaged in a job search to try taking a siesta.

Those who take my advice are more refreshed and ready to go. We share a knowing look at meetings and continue working at the hardest job we’ve ever had.

If my next employer doesn’t have an EnergyPod, a cup of coffee will do just fine.

Posted in career transition, job search
4 comments on “Asleep on the Job, The Power of Napping
  1. david deyo says:

    Great article. Cathy, did you write it? I’m off to take a power nap.

  2. Cathy,
    I love your bone dry sense of humor. I believe it was george castanza on seinfeld who first explored the art of power napping on the job. Lately I find I sleep very little. I sometimes experience the afternoon slump – but that’s when I get down on the floor and play with my cat and dog and then enjoy a cup of coffee or dance. Sadly you can’t play with your pets or dance when you work at the average corporation. I think there should be a disco in every workplace to combat that afternoon lull. Imagine how refreshed one would feel after shaking it up to Happy or Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”? I believe napping is fine for people who can do it. For me, I’m beyond tired, I’m too wired to nap…but dance, now that I can do!

  3. Janet Tenzer says:

    Great article Cathy! Thanks for “reprising”.

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