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ii iI [ , i II L + HaysFreePress.com May 18, 2016 • Page 1D />: •i 2 7;:iii): )i • Nap rooms trend growing across the country BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com With new technol- ogy quickly sweeping the nation, and updates to tech gadgets arriving at lightning fast speeds, it makes a person wonder when they can plan time for sleep. Americans, with their on the go lifestyle, can find it hard to get in the recom- mended eight hours each night. But for some compa- nies, the idea of a nap room could be a solution to help employees fight workplace fatigue. An article in TODAY in March 2013 highlighted companies like the Huff- ington Post and Nation- wide Planning Associates for pioneering the nap room movement in the country. The companies, according to the report, claimed that they did so An article by TODAY in March 2013 highlighted companies like the Huffington Post and Nationwide Planning Associates for pioneering the nap room movement in the country. The companies, according to the report, claimed that they did so in hopes of making their workforce more productive. in hopes of making their the world. workforce more produc- The Huffington Post five. NewYork office currently Some companies have has two nap rooms with installed nap rooms that plans to add a third for its are equipped with actual growing staff. beds, blankets, and pil- A November 2014 Huff- lows, as well as keeping ington Post article identi- the room dark and quiet, fled results of a ]uly 2014 According to the article, study by Sleep Review that other companies have said nap pod use was on opted to purchase Energy the rise. Pods made by a company While nap rooms are called Metro Naps, a spe- on the rise in larger cities, cial designed chair where such as NewYork, they employees can catch a are slowly catching on in power nap on the job. Central Texas. Energy Pods are used in Neai Kelly, the Chief four different continents Operating Officer at Seton and 20 countries around Medical Center Hays, said in an emailed response that the hospital does have call rooms or sleep rooms throughout the facility for that purpose. He said the rooms were built to accommodate those physicians who must remain on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. .... We also have sev- eral tranquility rooms for staff," Kelly wrote in his response. "These are quiet places where a staff member can take a break and re-group or close their NAP ROOM, 4D BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Smaller cities saw big gains when it came to sales tax collection figures last month. According to the May sales tax reports, Niederwald, Woodcreek, and Uhland had sales tax collections rise by 30 percent or more from May 2015. Meanwhile, Buda saw its sales tax collections rise 26 percent from May 2015, as the city raked in roughly $569,000 last month. Kyle had a 14 percent increase in sales tax col- lections from May 2015: The city collected just over $661,000, which increased its year-to-date total to $2.75 million in sales taxes collected. Clump Imm YKH0-aMe L0~I Om~mt Netp~ M~y2016to ~)161a~ ~nlmlrom OoCt mw thl=~ ~y~01t mdato ~S toS016 6uda 1.50 ~ $569 410.10 +26.48 ~ $2,358,307.47 +6.22% Dripping Springs 1.25% $187,214.25 +19.04% $793,057.04 +14.38% Kyle 1.50% $661,516.00 +14.65% $2,754,816.76 +20.64% Niede~ald 1:(30% $.3_,196.31 +35.02% $12,561.89 +25.19% San Marcos 1.50% $2,602,273.66 +10.63% $12,349,324.18 +10.04% Uhland 1.50% $13,145.50 +32.16% $67,518.61 +46.00% Wimbedey 1.00% $89,962.51 -1.70% $369,731.48 +15.93% Woodcreek 1.00% $4,270.28 +30.85% $17,358.24 +17.20% ]i iiiiiiiiiiiiiill IiiiiZ STAFF REPORT College graduates are flooding the market right now, and it seems that local grads are in one of the best places in the U.S. to start their careers. According to Wal- letHub, an online organization that looks at issues relating to business, Austin ranks third in the nation of the top 150 cities to start a career. Houston is not far behind, placing ninth in the nation. Austin ranks ninth in the Professional Opportunities rank and seventh in Quality of Life rank. For the Class of 2016, the job market is looking up, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Hiring in general is on the rise, as employers report that they plan to hire a recent college grad. Looking at Texas cities, it is worth noting that Houston has the highest monthly median starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,705. That figure is nearly three times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest, $1,332, also adjusted for cost of living. Austin, of course, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.8 percent, of all the 150 cities ranked in the study. Austin's rate is four times lower than in Fresno, California, the city with the highest unemployment rate, 11.4 percent. Hays County's rate is close behind, coming in at 3.2 percent, as of March 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank economic research center. Job growth is reported at 2.82 percent, with the future job growth over the next ten years predicted at 42 percent. Other Texas cities coming the top 150 for best places to start a career: Amarillo, 8th; Houston, 9th; Corpus Christi, 10th; Irving, 12th; Dallas, 17th; Plano, Austin, of course, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.8 percent, of all the 150 cities ranked in the study. Austin's rate is four times lower than in Fresno, California, the city with the highest unemployment rate, 11.4 percent. 20th; Fort Worth 21st; Grand Prairie, 24th; San Antonio, 26th; Lubbock, 34th; El Paso, 41st; Arlington, 50th; Laredo,51st; Garland, 70th; Brownsville, 101st. 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