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Firm Honored for Encouraging Naps

A New Zealand law firm that encourages its professionals to take naps if they are sleepy has won the country's top work-life balance award. Both The Associated Press and the New Zealand Herald report that the government's Equal Employment Opportunities Trust gave the award to the firm Meredith Connell for offering workers flexible work hours to take account of personal commitments.

One lawyer told the Herald that she took advantage of the firm's flexible hours to pursue a rigorous ironman-training regimen starting each morning at 4:30 a.m. "After a few weeks of that, it gets to the point where you are hitting the proverbial brick wall," she told the newspaper. "I recall more than one occasion when the boss said, 'You need to go home, you need to go and sleep.'" The Herald reports that the firm profited from its flexible-hours policy "by cutting turnover of professional staff to 5 percent in the latest year, half the industry average."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 1, 2006 at 03:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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