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Is cash management sending you to sleep?

Businessman asleep at his office desk

If so, workplace naps might be the cure for your post-payment processing fatigue.

After a busy morning of cash management followed by the daily report to the CFO, the average treasurer is more than likely to feel a little fatigued. And that big lunch in The City is not going to make it any easier to fight off the sandman and his spell.

Of course, falling asleep at one’s desk is hardly very becoming of a corporate professional. Many therefore spend the afternoon fighting the fatigue; something which is proven to be much to the detriment of productivity according to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group.

But for Huffington, the answer to this everyday office problem is simple: nap rooms. “Having a nap in the middle of the afternoon is actually a performance-enhancing tool,” she has said in the Huffington Post. It is Huffington’s belief, therefore, that “nap areas will be as common as conference rooms” within the next two years.

Whilst some companies already have such a facility – Google, Zappos and Ben and Jerry’s are just a few examples – some might conclude that Huffington must be living in a dream world if she thinks a majority of the world’s biggest corporations will let their employees sleep regularly on their time.

But there is a serious message behind this idea, namely the exhaustion suffered by many working professionals. “From the moment we’re born until the moment we die, we’re in an inextricable relationship with sleep,” she says. “Even so, the delusion persists that we can do our jobs just as well on four or five or six hours of sleep as we can on seven or eight.”