*Dear Mr. Lee Bailey, Publisher of EUR,
Having just awakened from a glorious 45-minute nap, at 2pm, sir, I felt compelled to share this story with you and all of our readers.
Here’s God’s honest truth, Mr. Bailey: sleepy workers simply don’t get enough done during the day.
In addition to the stress that a lack of sleep causes well-meaning (and underpaid) workers (like me), their low productivity costs companies a staggering $63 billion a year!
What’s the solution you ask, Mr. Bailey? Well, the consensus is that savvy…no, BRILLIANT business leaders such as yourself could help solve this problem by encouraging your workers to nap during the day.
You heard me, Mr. Bailey: WORKERS NEED A NAP!
(I wish my fifth grade science teacher could have read this before he sent me to the principal’s office that day. I always knew I was ahead of the curve!)
In a new survey of 196 business leaders, 43 percent said they don’t get enough sleep at least four nights a week. Almost half of those said they didn’t think their lack of sleep played a significant role in performance.
Current research suggests otherwise: years of sleep deprivation can impair memory, decision-making, creativity and social interactions.
I KNOW you don’t want any of THAT nonsense in OUR office, Mr. Bailey! I also know you’re wondering why companies aren’t doing a better job of encouraging workers to sleep. 83 percent of those business leaders surveyed said their companies simply didn’t try hard enough to promote the importance of sleep, and 36 percent said their companies didn’t encourage them to prioritize a night of quality shut-eye.
So, Mr. Bailey, I know you; you’re thinking “Cut to the chase, Coleman! What can businesses do to fix this problem? Quit bitching, Mike! Give me an action plan!”
How about…installing nap rooms in the office! It seems daily power naps — you know, like the one I just got up from! — have been found to boost both memory and productivity. In fact, a lot of big firms, including Google, Zappos, Ben & Jerry’s and The Huffington Post already offer nap rooms for their workers.
If The Huffington Post can do it, Mr. Bailey, I KNOW EUR can!
Companies can also discourage employees from taking red-eye flights and attempting to sleep on the plane, encourage employees to actually use their vacation days (40 percent of Americans don’t), restrict servers from sending work emails after a certain time (I stop checking mine at 7pm), or setting aside days off during which no email or work is allowed (both I and God rest on Sundays).
You don’t have to thank me, Mr. Bailey! I know you look to ME to keep it real, and you want EURweb to continue to be the premium news organization that it is! So help a brutha do that, Mr. Bailey, and let me tack an extra 15 minutes on TOMORROW afternoon’s nap, will ya?
This blog was written by Michael P Coleman. He encourages you to send a copy of it to your boss. He’s also hopeful that he’ll still have a job tomorrow. If not, connect with him on Twitter: @ColemanMichaelP