I’m a fan of naps, both at home and at work. If I’m sleepy after lunch then I lie down for 10 to 20 minutes. I encourage everyone else at the company to do the same. That’s why most of us have a couch in our office. We also have a nap room.

I take short naps a few times a week. I think that one or two other people at Alien Skin do the same. Naps are much more rare for everyone else here. It’s just a matter of personal taste.

If you are sleepy then it is much better to give up briefly than to fight it all afternoon. At many companies a nap would be a sign of weakness. To me, the only sign of weakness is being unproductive. If you are extremely productive then I don’t care if you take naps, work upside down, or dance around in a tutu.

Just like our liberal sick leave policy, naps are not abused. If you took a two hour nap every Monday morning to deal with a hangover then of course I’d boot you into the street. But that doesn’t happen because people act like adults when you treat them like adults.

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. Eddie August 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thank you. I feel a lot less lonely now. You are worst then I was! I did not give them a nap room. But I did always remind my staff the three important things we learned in kindergarten: don’t hit anybody, take a nap, hold hands before we cross the big roads.

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