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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spanish Siestas Under Scrutiny?!

SIESTAis a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm.(Definition from wikipedia)

This article from Yahoo! News examines the effectiveness of the traditional 2 hour lunch time enjoyed by Spaniards. This tradition was meant to be a celebration, break in the day, an opportunity to eat with and fellowship with friends and family. But in the wake of the countries crisis, economists are questioning the popular pastime and it's effect on productivity. The article also compares the Spanish long working day(can end at 8 or 9 at night) to the American 9 to 5 schedule. 

In my opinion, I don't believe that either schedule is perfect. To be effective I believe that employees need flexible schedules in which to complete tasks because everyone works differently. If the work is done on time and meetings are scheduled accordingly then an employee should be able to come and go as they please; being able to choose a 2 hour lunch or a 3 day weekend. This method has been proven to be effective by more "liberal" corporations choosing to change workplace dynamic and improve their employees way of life, while continuing to run successful businesses. 

In conclusion-TAKE A NAP! 
LOVE THIS PIC!!!-taken from wikipedia: Siesta page

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