questionsdo you take naps while at work?


I used to have a very large corner office with an executive desk, a meeting table and chairs and a sofa. My door also closed and locked. I used the sofa to relax when reading long documents. I never napped on the sofa myself, but sometimes the secretaries would ask me if it was okay if they used my office while I was out to lunch or out at meetings. I would always say yes. They'd sometimes nap on the sofa. or take advantage of the privacy to make personal cell phone calls or sit at my table and balance their checkbook or do personal correspondence. Back when we had a decent place to work, there was an old sofa in the women's restroom (where the urinals were in the corresponding men's room) and there would often be someone napping in there. I don't sleep well in public, which makes international flights a pain, so I can't imagine doing what you are describing.


I have been on both ends of this experience. Usually the thought is that you should nap in your car if you drove in. If you do not work in a place that is client facing then their should not be a problem w/ it, as lunch is that persons time.If you are client facing, this is inappropriate. If it is a seldom thing then normally their should be notice of the visitor and said person can nap elsewhere or skip it that day.


Part of me thinks that it is good for them to nap if they are that tired as they will be more productive, and part of me thinks that it could have a "professional" impact i.e moral and standards sinking. I am not one for too much 'professionalisms' as I think that they create complacency (sp?) and stagger creativity. That being said, it is really up to the powers that be at said company as to what they feel is appropriate. I know that this is a wishywashy wibbildywobbley timeywimey answer but i guess then it is a personal thing too. If you feel it is bothering you in a negative way, make a good argument. If not what does their naping do to you.


@philosopherott: It's 97F here, and a closed car runs up to 40 degrees hotter than that, so obviously napping in a closed car is out of the question where I live. I work in the downtown area, some folks don't even feel safe walking to and from their cars in our new downscale location, so even if you could nap in the 97F heat, sleeping in an open car would not be safe. I have the good fortune of living only 2.5 miles away, so I go home at lunch every day. But lots of my co-workers live on the other side of town and don't enjoy that luxury.


There's really no place to nap in our office, since our conference rooms have glass doors and don't lock, and everybody is in workstations rather than cubicles. Well, there is one place to nap.

This is how we invented the word "noop".


Naps are known productivity boosters. I think they're a great idea but they're maybe not as culturally acceptable in America as in other places so it's a bit of a problem from a cultural standpoint. As long as the napper is not snoring like crazy I wouldn't have a problem with it. It's much better than zoning out for half the afternoon trying to stay awake instead of focusing on your actual job.


Nope. Naps are for old people. Lunch time is Nom Time! "Dock that chick a day's pay for nappin' on the job." (sorta movie quote) :-)
If she wants to nap, it's probably ok. It's her choice what she does off the clock. I think her sign addresses the concern of outside visitors. This way they'll know she's "on lunch" and not just slacking off.

The only time I napped at work is when I was working 2 jobs. On Fridays I had to work one job during the day and then the 2nd job from 11pm to 7am. I fell asleep in the break room while on our 30 min lunch break once. The supervisor had to wake me up. Those were sleepy times... Saturday was wasted sleeping all day until I had to work at 11pm again.


As long as it's in an approved "break/lunch", I dont see an issue with it, so long as its not in clear view of customers/clients


I used to work for a place that had a "nap" room...basically it was large room with about a dozen couches in it. They bought into cat napping philosophies very much so.....personally I don't nap all that much...but I have at times stepped away from my desk to take a 15 minute snooze....That has maybe happened twice in the last 5 years under normal circumstances, but it has happened....I've also taken cat naps during large multi-day deployments when I wasn't needed...and had been up 40-50 hours.


Being mediterranean, I am genetically predisposed to nodding off right around 3-4PM or thereabouts.
At least that's my defense if anyone asks.

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I'm with the napper. It's her time, she's not on the clock, and as long as she doesn't change into jammies (or less), it's really not your concern. She sticks up a sign that lets folks know it's her lunch break, which should calm most people's concerns that she's collapsed from stress.

Since you don't usually have out-of-office guests, I doubt you can really predict how they'd react. Perhaps they'd just be envious of her ability to catnap on her lunch break.


No, in my line of work a nap can get you fired.


tough question. Lunch break is her time, so she his within her rights to do so. However it can be demotivating for the team to see I think.
Plus if any customers come by I think she should not be sleeping regardless of whether she is on lunch or not. perhaps a break room with a couch would be better suited for napping?