Sleeping on The Job

By Adrian Harvey

Sleeping on the jobI read in the papers that ‘scientists’ are recommending that bosses allow staff to have an hour’s nap in the office to make up for the ‘lost hour’ of sleep resulting from the clocks springing forward.

Apparently according to Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan (an expert in sleep therapy), all sorts of terrible things could result from an employee’s loss of an hour’s sleep and bosses who are keen to improve/maintain productivity should allow catnaps between 14:00-16:00 today.

I am thinking if you work for the BBC or some such organisation where you are sheltered from the harsh realities of commercial life, this is perhaps a strategy that should be debated at length and maybe written into employee policy.

If, however, you work in the real world you might be better advised to take responsibility for your own well-being and go to bed an hour earlier!

I can almost hear the howls of protest from the luvvies as they condemn me for being out of touch and draconian as they choke on their lunch of prawn, carrot, mango and lime quinoa salad with chili oil!

Yeah well, quite apart from the fact that millions of workers work in an environment where sleeping on the job is impractical and probably downright dangerous, I reckon bosses would be far better served encouraging employees to think for themselves and take personal responsibility rather than relying on their employer to pander to every harebrained suggestion ‘scientists’ come up with.

As a ‘boss’ myself, experience tells me that little was ever created when sleeping, and treating employees as adults and with respect is far more likely to have lasting long-term productivity results than providing pillows for them to ‘rest their sleepy little heads on!’

As for a career as a ‘sleep therapist’ … don’t even start me on that one. I have never been a coal miner but I can’t imagine those chaps had much trouble getting a good night’s sleep after toiling down a pit for 8 hours! Work hard, eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise and sleep in bed…not at your desk.