This Week's Herman Trend Alert

Leadership in Normal 2.0

  The Herman Trend Alert

June 20, 2000

Nap Time

194 Days until January 1, 2001

Feeling a little sleepy? Drowsy at work again? Want to take a nap? A significant percentage of our 10,000+ readers are nodding as they read this - and not because of our content or writing ability. Most of us are not getting enough sleep.

In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation 51 percent of the American workforce reports that sleepiness on-the-job interferes with the amount of work they get done. Forty-percent of employees admit that the quality of their work suffers when they are sleepy, and nearly one out of five (19 percent) report making occasional or frequent work errors due to sleepiness. Sleep experts recommend at least 8 hours of sleep a night in order to function properly, yet one-third of American adults (33 percent) sleep only 6.5 hours or less nightly during the work week. Additionally, a full 45 percent of adults agree that they will sleep less in order to accomplish more.

One out of four adults (24 percent) has difficulty getting up for work two or more days per week, and 27 percent of adults say they are sleepy at work two or more days a week. At least two-thirds of adults report that sleepiness makes concentrating (68 percent) and handling stress (66 percent) on the job more difficult. Fifty-eight percent say that making decisions and solving problems are more difficult when they are sleepy. Listening to co-workers is more difficult when sleepy, according to 57 percent of respondents. Overall, employees estimate that the quality and quantity of their work is diminished by about 30 percent when they are sleepy.

This sleep-vulnerability is a serious issue for corporate leaders. At risk is productivity and safety . . . and employment longevity. There are indications that seven percent of workers have changed jobs in order to get more sleep.

We forecast more use of nap rooms and encouragement of employees taking quick naps at their desks. Other activities, such as recess, will be used to keep people alert. Watch for workers to be sent home after a reasonable workday to rest.

Comments from our readers:

this one really hits home!!! I usually function on 5 to 6 hours of sleep each night during the work week. and for the recess idea, I think many of us would be off trying to run errands and get those all too many personal chores taken care off. thanks.

© Copyright 1998- by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3548 or To sign up, visit The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."

Our author Joyce gets quoted in TIME Magazine and other national media on a regular basis. You can, too! Sign up for You will be found by the news media and in Google search: 1. Through your personal search-engine-optimized press room by 39 topics you choose; 2. By news releases pushed out 10 ways including Google News; 3. Be found in the 2020 printed Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons. Save 15% when you register by October 31st @

The Association of Professional Futurists proudly presents its annual online learning experiences on Full Spectrum Futures. Network with leading futurists from all over the world. And best of all, it's free to attend, though contributions are encouraged to help defray costs. For more information, visit here.

Excellent translation services from English, French, or German into Spanish. Especially well-versed in medicine/pharma and automobile industries. 5-year Bachelor Degree in Translation. Also editing and proofreading of all kinds of Spanish language documents. Flexible rates, depending on number of words, degree of difficulty/technicality, and turnaround. For an instant quote email Mariana Campora Lesti at or contact her on SKYPE at marianacampora.

To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web:

Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.

New subscribers are always welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 90 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.

Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts


[ Home About Products Resources Media ]


7112 Viridian Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Voice: 336-210-3548
Toll Free in US & Canada: 800-227-3566

  © The Herman Group. All rights reserved.

Web site design by WebEditor Design Services, Inc.