- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2017

Americans take work home with them, and right into their dreams. A new Harris/Career Builder poll finds that 65 percent of the work force actually dream about work, for better or worse. The pollster could not resist asking the respondents about “the craziest dream they’ve had” about the workplace, in their own words.

“I dreamed a Tyrannosaurus rex worked at my office,” wrote one. Another reported, “My boss and I were mowing a lawn in the clouds on a go-kart,” while a third noted, “I drove the forklift home from work.”

Other workers reported dreaming celebrities had joined their office team, that the boss “adopted” everyone and took them shopping or that they had to reconcile a sales account while naked and riding a roller coaster. Another worker dreamed of showing up at the office three hours later and half-dressed, only to find Queen Elizabeth was visiting that day. One pregnant worker dreamed she had to “upload” her unborn baby at the end of each day.

“60 percent of all workers say that a lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work. Ironically, nearly half of all workers (47 percent) say thinking about work keeps them up at night,” the poll reported.

It revealed that most workers are sleep-deprived. Only 17 percent get the recommended eight hours of bedtime a night; 52 percent get five to seven hours of sleep at night, while 6 percent get less than five hours. It is perhaps no surprise that six out of 10 respondents said that lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work — reporting they felt less motivated and productive, had memory problems or were cranky with co-workers.

“Sleep has become a casualty of the race for time,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, who suggests that getting more sleep should become a wellness initiative in the workplace.

That could be a possibility. The poll also found that 38 percent of the respondents would use a designated “nap room” at work if it was offered. The poll of 3,616 adult U.S. employees was conducted from Nov. 16 to Dec, 6, 2016 and released Friday.

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