The mid-day slump is no joke. After lunch, your brain just wants to rest. This is why so many office workers tend to have an afternoon cup of coffee to power through. But what you probably really need is a short power nap. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior is not usually accepted in the modern office. Sure, if you really want to take a nap, you could sneak under your desk like George Costanza. However, what really should be happening is a complete culture change.


Sleep actually improves your productivity, so we should stop viewing it as a lazy activity. It's easy to think that sleep is not productive. From the outside, you're really not doing much. You're just laying there. However, on the inside, your brain is sorting through information and clearing out dust, so to speak. Getting enough sleep is crucial to your health and well being, but taking a short nap in the afternoon is just enough to kickstart the rest of your day.

About 43 percent of Americans say they need more sleep, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. The same survey found that 40 percent of adults in the country get less than seven hours of shut eye a night. Meanwhile, eight hours is the actual recommended amount you should be sleeping to stay healthy. With our current work culture, it's more acceptable to lose sleep to work than it is to take some time to rest and recharge. But this mentality is completely wrong.

Naps don't take away from productivity. They actually improve it. During the mid-day slump, it can be hard to focus on anything — let alone get anything done. Instead of wasting time trying and failing to complete tasks, you could take a short nap and then be able to jump right back into your work with renewed energy and focus.

Why does this work? Several studies have found that while a person is awake but tired or sleepy, the neurons involved in memory will not fire. Meaning, you seem awake, but your brain really isn't. Accessing memories or creating new ones can be a challenge. A short 15-minute nap can fix this situation. However, a longer 30-minute or 60-minute nap can put you into a deeper sleep, causing you to be groggy when you wake up. And while you really should get enough sleep at night, taking a nap during the day can also help combat sleep deprivation — if needed.

Some companies have been early adopters of the idea that sleep improves productivity. Google and The Huffington Post have set up nap rooms in their offices. There are entire companies that manufacture ergonomic recliners with an adjustable pod top to block out the light. The perfect piece of furniture for a mid-day power nap. Unfortunately, mainstream work culture still hasn't caught up with the science. And it really should.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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