September 27, 2010

WHAT HAS REALITY TO DO WITH BUREAUCRACY?:

Why Companies Should Insist That Employees Nap: Regular 20-minutes respites in a Barcalounger persuaded Harvard blogger Tony Schwartz that all companies should harvest the power of the nap (Tony Schwartz, 9/20/10, Harvard Business Review)

Good luck, right?

But here's the reality: naps are a powerful source of competitive advantage. The recent evidence is overwhelming: naps are not just physically restorative, but also improve perceptual skills, motor skills, reaction time and alertness. [...]

When Sara Mednick, a former Harvard researcher, gave her subjects a memory challenge, she allowed half of them to take a 60 to 90 minute nap, the nappers dramatically outperformed the non-nappers. In another study, Mednick had subjects practice a visual task at four intervals over the course of a day. Those who took a 30 minute nap after the second session sustained their performance all day long. Those who didn't nap performed increasingly poorly as the day wore on.

When pilots are given a nap of just 30 minutes on long haul flights, they experience a 16 per cent increase in their reaction time. Nonnapping pilots experience a 34 per cent decrease over the course of the flight.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2010 2:12 PM
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