Golden slumbers

One of the senior engineers had the unfortunate habit of nodding off at his desk in the afternoon. And while his colleagues at the high-tech outfit he worked for found his behaviour rather amusing, the engineer himself found the whole affair most embarrassing, especially when he awoke from his slumbers with an uncontrollable snort.

Despite the fact that his naps became increasingly more frequent, the productivity of the engineer did not seem to be affected by his naps. Just the opposite in fact – when he did get back to work after his rest, he was refreshed and eager to tackle the engineering challenges that were thrown at him by his boss.

Nevertheless, the manager of the engineering department was more than a little troubled when he discovered that one of his engineers was sleeping on the job. But unsure how to broach the subject with the individual, he took his problem to the personnel department, hoping that one of the experts there might provide some suggestions as to what might be done.

The personnel manager listened sympathetically as the chief engineer explained his predicament. But, he suggested, if the odd doze was not adversely affecting the productivity of the senior engineer in question, then no action should be taken.

The personnel manager did, however, promise the chief engineer that he would investigate the matter further. And during his research, he made some eye-opening discoveries. He found out that many studies had been conducted into the issue of sleep, the results of which proved conclusively that an hour’s nap in the afternoon could dramatically boost and restore brain power.

Out of interest, the personnel manager presented his findings to the senior management of the company to sound out their feelings on the subject. And while they were initially reluctant to admit as much, most eventually agreed that they too had experienced the benefits of the odd afternoon nap in their offices too.

The personnel manager was always eager to be seen as an individual with bright ideas that would enable the company to maximise the efficiency of its engineering team. So he proposed that they set up what he euphemistically called a ‘refreshment room’ in the organisation where the engineers could go to clear their brain’s short-term memory storage and make room for new information. In other words, go for a nap.

At first, the senior management were hesitant to endorse the idea. But the personnel manager eventually convinced them that they should at least trial his suggestion to determine whether the productivity of the engineers would increase if they were given the opportunity to rest their minds during the day.

Needless to say, the trial was a success and productivity at the company soared. But while the management still doesn’t widely advertise the practice, if the truth be known, they are quite delighted with the way things have turned out. What is more, being a somewhat older group of individuals, they can now enjoy their afternoon naps just as much as the rest of the staff without feeling guilty that they are sleeping on the job.