Lack of sleep is like being drunk on the job, which is probably more detrimental to your productivity than actually taking a quick nap break during your work hours. If you need to get away with sleeping on the job, here are a few ways to do it.Sleeping at work is a bad thing. You can decide for yourself if you feel like you’re cheating your company out of money when you sleep during work hours, but it’s particularly bad because you are not in a good situation if you have to do it regularly. At a previous job, my company kept an IKEA futon in a storage closet for when employees were overworked and exhausted (and possibly other reasons I don’t want to think about). If you need to sleep at work regularly, you either need a new job or have some serious sleep problems to fix. If it’s occasional, however, here are a few tips to get away with it.
If You Have a Private Office, Use It
Hopefully this is pretty obvious to those of you who are blessed with a door. Shut it, put a do not disturb sign up, and go to sleep. Sleep in your chair. Sleep on the floor. Sleep on the floor under your desk. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense. For added comfort, bring a pillow and/or sleeping bag.[imgclear]
Make Use of Blindsides
Use Your Car
Use the Bathroom
What to Do If You Get Caught
The easiest thing to do is admit it while making it look like an accident. There are plenty of scapegoats available to you: your significant other was having a private emotional problem, your young child had midnight diarrhoea, someone tried to break in to your home, and so on. There are plenty of things that can happen late at night that mess up your sleep and make you tired the next day, but the point is you still came to work. You’re not a slacker, you’re a hero. You didn’t mean to fall asleep, you just did because you were trying so hard to get your work done. If you can frame it that way, you come across as a decent person (even though you might not be). Kind bosses will even give you the rest of the day off to catch up on sleep out of the kindness of their hearts. You might feel guilty for it, but at least you’ll be able to rest up and be better the next day.
Or Just Ask
Sometimes honesty is truly the way to go. Most bosses know what it’s like to be tired at work, so if you don’t ask too often you might be able to get a free nap on the job just by making the request. You can certainly use the tricks above, but nothing feels better than getting a nap at work when it’s company-approved. So, take the honest route first – if you can.
Lead photo by Sarah G
Got any other great tips for sleeping on the job? Let’s hear ’em in the comments!