— Domani Spero
[twitter-follow screen_name=’Diplopundit’ ]
Seriously, can you imagine what this is going to do to your bidlists?
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) June 2, 2014
Via HuffPost UK
The United States embassy in London plans to install nap rooms to stop its diplomats from getting too tired, the American ambassador to Britain has indicated.
Matthew Barzun made the pledge during an event at the embassy on Monday afternoon alongside Arianna Huffington, the editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
During a Q&A session with embassy staff, Huffington encouraged Barzun to follow the example set by the HuffPost New York office and dedicate a space to allow staff to rest. Following enthusiastic reception from his staff, Barzun declared the suggestion was “so moved”. He added: “We’re going to look at nap room locations.”
Click here to see 10 successful corporations that already let employees catch some shuteye during work hours in an effort to boost employee productivity, alertness and general health. Early this year, digital marketing startup HubSpot had an office expansion, which of course, includes this nap room with a hammock! We don’t know what’s the work hours like for these companies but a technology start-up AskforTask.com set up a nap room to help ease fatigue among its web developers who were working long hours. Apparently some were working as long as 70 hours per week. Do we have that kind of work hours anywhere?
To balance out all that excitement, best read BBC’s Nap Rooms Gone Bad.
Oops! A search over at OPM provides zero results on nap breaks. OPM does have this to say — Combination With Rest Periods Prohibited: “An agency may not extend a regularly scheduled lunch break by permitting an employee to take an authorized rest period (with pay) prior to or immediately following lunch, since a rest period is considered part of the employee’s compensable basic workday.”DOL also has nothing on nap breaks. Government rules will probably need to catch up on this new trend. And yes, we can already envision the circus in Congress.
If this is implemented, the embassy’s time and attendance clerk will need a new SOP. Who will be eligible to use the nap rooms and for how long — generalists, specialists, FSNs, contractors, charforce, guards, all of the above, some of the above? Who gets the nano-nap, the micro-nap, the mini-nap or the power nap? The embassy may also need to hire a scheduler for the nap rooms. Also, who will wake up employees if they oversleeps or if they get nightmares during their naps? Would this potentially be grounds for grievance – somebody could not get a power nap, did not get a boost in productivity, hence was not promoted at the first opportunity?
Hold on, we’re on the bureaucracy’s uncharted country.
* * *
- Arianna Huffington: Sleep is my ‘miracle drug’ (nydailynews.com)
- Huff TV: WATCH: Arianna On The Perks Of Power Napping (huffingtonpost.com)
- Why Your Office Should Have a Nap Room (tiredbees.com)
- Why you should be proud to sleep on the job (washingtonpost.com)