If you\u2019ve ever fallen asleep on the job, don\u2019t listen to what the boss says \u2013 you\u2019re not a slacker, you\u2019re a visionary. In fact, you\u2019re part of a national trend to improve workplace productivity called \u201cpower napping,\u201d which is becoming as popular as surprise pay cuts. Harvard Medical School describes it as \u201ca way to make you more productive at work and at home.\u201d These experts claim that power napping will stimulate you more than a mucho grande, caffeine-loaded, double caramel macchiato from Starbucks. If you take a power nap on the boss\u2019s time, you\u2019ll pull in the driveway at 9:05 p.m. after a long commute and an 11-hour day \u2026 and start doing yard work, but only after you regrout the bathroom. Several studies suggest that a brief nap can keep you alert and upbeat. It also reverses information overload by consolidating memories from the short-term memory banks to the permanent memory, whatever that means. If more people slept on the job, there\u2019d be less embezzlement, less theft of office supplies, and fewer hostile takeovers. The stock market would even do better. Some illustrious people routinely slipped away from work for catnaps, including Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Some even slept with their eyes open. Throughout my career, I\u2019ve worked with many talented individuals who recognized the importance of strategic napping. A few hid in the coat room or under the loading dock, some stayed in the lavatory for hours \u2014 if not days \u2014 while others napped in full sight of the boss, but not for long. Shortly afterward, they were snoozing at the unemployment office. One young fellow whose cubicle was near mine would go into a Buddha-like trance at precisely 3:25 every afternoon and stare at taxis backed up on Park Avenue. At first, I thought he was deep in thought or on the verge of a major innovation, until I heard snoring and grunting and realized he was just recharging his batteries to prepare for a long night of partying. Another guy arrived promptly at 9 a.m. and fell asleep promptly at\u00a0 9:27. This habit incensed his young coworkers who didn\u2019t understand the benefits of napping. They considered him a worthless geezer who wasn\u2019t carrying his weight and would soon be draining the Social Security system to their misfortune. As a reprisal, they started taking pictures of him with his head rolled back, his eyes shut, his mouth wide open and spittle dribbling down his cheek. They posted the photos on Instagram and Facebook until I told them to spend less time on social media and more time doing something productive like snoozing, which would keep them out of trouble. Then, there was the woman who went out for a few drinks at lunchtime, a few very large drinks, and came back and slept it off until the 5 o\u2019clock whistle blew. To her credit, during the two or three hours when she wasn\u2019t drinking or sleeping, she put in a good day\u2019s work, however abbreviated. Yes, sleeping on the job is gaining respectability and you don\u2019t have to be an employee of Sleepys to appreciate the benefits. Google has developed \u201cnap pods,\u201d which have no light or sound, and encourages employees to relax instead of going to the juice bar. (Those guys don\u2019t drink martinis at lunch.) In New York City, home of the latest scary trends, they have spas where you can catch a few quick winks for $1 a minute. At those rates, only highly compensated executives can afford the service. However, it\u2019s better for them to spend the afternoon napping instead of cavorting with their administrative assistants in high-priced hotel rooms that they\u2019ll put on their corporate expense accounts. For everyone else, there are benches and bushes in Central Park, pews in St. Patrick\u2019s Cathedral, or the men\u2019s room at Grand Central Terminal. Yes, it\u2019s time for American workers to unite and rest their heads on their desks and start snoring in unison \u2026 to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy or A Hard Day\u2019s Night. Joe Pisani may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.