Catching Good Zs: In the past few years, Huffington has become so passionate about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, she’s been invited to participate in the Harvard School of Medicine’s Sleep Medicine Corporate Leadership Summit. “Since I pushed myself to get 7-8 hours of sleep, I’ve found I’m more productive, effective and joyful,” she says. At her corporate offices, Huffington installed two napping rooms, and says that initially journalists laughed, but now the rooms are always booked. Huffington travels with several chiffon scarves and is hotel rooms she covers all electronic lights that might distract her from sleep.
"What we want from employees is their attention, not just their time," says Huffington. "Wouldn't you rather have someone whose giving you 100 percent?"
Getting Unplugged: While technology has brought us to the information age, it’s also brought us a new level of stress. Even though Huffington leads one of the largest social media and electronic news organizations, she firmly believes we each need to set time aside to unplug. “No one in our organization is expected to answer emails after hours or over the weekend, and if something is urgent, then they can text or call,” she says. “Constantly checking email and Facebook is an addiction—so you should never use your phone as an alarm clock nor sleep with the phone next to your bed.”
Huffington encouraged the audience to disconnect with technology (periodically) and connect with themselves. To help readers to just that, The Huffington Post developed an app, GPS for the Soul. The app allows users to measure their stress level then summon a guide through things like music, meditation, breathing exercises, poetry or pictures of loved ones which help them course correct.
Digital Media Today: While social media originally started out as a fun communication platform, today Huffington says it’s all about engagement. “People no longer want to be talked to—they want to be part of the conversation,” she says. “Business should view it as a platform to engage with the consumer and let them tell you what’s working for them and what’s not.” But Huffington also agrees that social media is very powerful and it can start trends and build them very quickly.
The New Women’s Revolution: First women fought for the right to vote, then for equality and equal pay. Now, Huffington, believes women are changing the world of business “In boardrooms, it’s common to use war metaphors and sports metaphor when talking about business and your competition, but now language is starting to be more inclusive and talk more about concepts like teamwork,” says Huffington.