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Sleeping while on duty

Frequency of Sleeping on Duty: – 30% of participants admit to sleeping while on duty – More than 90% of Americans have experienced work problems […]

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Frequency of Sleeping on Duty:
– 30% of participants admit to sleeping while on duty
– More than 90% of Americans have experienced work problems due to poor sleep
– 1 in 4 admit to shirking duties at work due to lack of sleep
– Daytime employees are more likely to take short naps
– Graveyard shift workers have a higher likelihood of sleeping for a large portion of their shift

Notable Incidents of Sleeping on the Job:
– Airline pilots overshooting destinations due to suspected sleep
– Air traffic controllers causing accidents due to sleeping on duty
– Bus drivers involved in crashes due to suspected sleep
– Police officers and security guards caught sleeping on duty
– Shutdown incidents at critical facilities due to employees found sleeping

Benefits and Consequences of Napping at Work:
– Benefits: improved alertness, productivity, mood, creativity, memory, learning, and overall health
– Negative consequences: risk of accidents, errors, damage to reputation, disciplinary actions, decreased productivity, performance, and compromised safety

Professional Perspectives on Workplace Napping:
– Calls for employers to support good sleep habits
– Changing attitudes towards napping at work
– Discussions on urban napping and public snoozing
– Importance of managing sleep troubles effectively
– Employee handbooks addressing sleep policies

Media Coverage and Research on Workplace Napping:
– Articles advocating napping at work
– Studies showing benefits of workplace naps
– Surveys reporting workers napping on the job
– News stories on incidents related to sleeping on duty
– Reports on the impact of sleep deprivation on job performance

Sleeping while on duty (Wikipedia)

Sleeping while on duty or sleeping on the jobfalling asleep while one is not supposed to – is considered gross misconduct and grounds for disciplinary action, including termination of employment, in some occupations. Recently however, there has been a movement in support of sleeping, or napping at work, with scientific studies highlighting health and productivity benefits, and over 6% of employers in some countries providing facilities to do so. In some types of work, such as firefighting or live-in caregiving, sleeping at least part of the shift may be an expected part of paid work time. While some employees who sleep while on duty in violation do so intentionally and hope not to get caught, others intend in good faith to stay awake, and accidentally doze.

A security officer sleeping on duty

Sleeping while on duty is such an important issue that it is addressed in the employee handbook in some workplaces. Concerns that employers have may include the lack of productivity, the unprofessional appearance, and danger that may occur when the employee's duties involve watching to prevent a hazardous situation. In some occupations, such as pilots, truck and bus drivers, or those operating heavy machinery, falling asleep while on duty puts lives in danger. However, in many countries, these workers are supposed to take a break and rest every few hours.

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