Worker caught taking 3 hour naps at work - every day

Worker caught taking 3 hour naps at work - every day

It can be very tempting to try to grab forty winks at your desk – especially during the heatwave.

However, one California woman took her power naps to the extreme by nodding off every single work day for three hours, costing her employer over £30,000.

Four witnesses told investigators from the California State Auditor’s office that they had complained to the DMV office where they worked about their colleague slacking off, but no disciplinary action was taken.

According to the Misuse of State Time, Economically Wasteful Activities, and Misuse of State Property report, it is estimated the wasted time cost the State of California over $40,000 (£30,309.40).

The report also uncovered other employee misbehaviours, including an employee who would regularly leave work 45 minutes early, someone who used staff under his command to build “an unauthorised structure on state property,” and two employees who failed to account for more than 5,100 hours of work.

However, the Sacramento Bee reports that the DMV worker who slept at her desk might have had a medical condition that made it difficult for her to work on a regular schedule. In 2016, her doctor informed the department that she could not perform the duties the job required.

So, what can HR do if they have an employee who needs to take extended breaks because of a medical condition?

Flexible working options could help in such circumstances – allowing the employee to work hours when they are feeling well and take a break in the middle of the day for the rest they need.

In some cultures, sleeping at work isn’t viewed as slacking off. In Japan, for example, dozing off while on duty shows you’ve worked so hard that you’ve worn yourself out – and is so widely known it has its own name, ‘inemuri’.

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And Mike Blake, Director at Willis Towers Watson Health & Benefits, previously told HR Grapevine that employers should encourage their employees to get an appropriate amount of sleep as part of their wellbeing programme.

“By placing an emphasis on the importance of sufficient sleep, workers will also feel more comfortable approaching managers about fatigue and solutions can be found, such as meditative practices, review of workloads or flexible working hours,” he explained.

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Comments (1)

  • VeniVidiVici
    Thu, 26 Jul 2018 1:26pm BST
    I half expected the article to about the ridiculous situation (UK) where the court of appeal has ruled that care workers who sleep in whilst caring for elderly people etc, have the hours they are asleep discounted for minimum earnings level calculations.

    Disgraceful in the extreme!

    Mind you does this mean MP's and Lords will have their salaries deducted as they sleep through sessions in the House of Commons and House of Lords?

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