Managers who are 'asleep on the job' are a serious liability - or are they? At Deloitte Consulting in Pittsburgh management has installed a 'napping room' so that executives can restore their strength with a brief kip. A lot of money is at stake: America's National Sleep Foundation (yes, there is such a thing) puts the cost of fatigue-induced industrial accidents and productivity lapses at $100 billion a year. At Harvard University, there's even a sleep researcher, Dr Claudio Stampi, whose work on yachtsmen racing around the world suggests that good napping techniques could be the answer to business fatigue. How long should a nap be? Stampi says between 15 and 22 minutes. How often? As often as you need one. The cost of zombie-like managers is impossible to assess, of course, but it must be huge - so let 'em doze.
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