Asleep on the job

2004

A quarter of workers in the UK have fallen asleep at work according to a poll of 500 office workers, grabbing some shut-eye in workplace toilets, during boring meetings or even underneath a desk.

Recruitment firm Pertemps reckons that an amazing one in then of these managed to doze off for more than an hour, while the rest snatched catnaps of ten minutes of less.

The most popular places to grab some sleep included cars, desks, canteens or in the toilets, although one enterprising City worker admitted curling up in the staff shower and falling asleep.

A marketing executive took a regular afternoon power nap underneath her desk, while a building worker slept 30 feet up in the air in the cockpit of his crane.

Not one to shirk from stating the obvious, a clearly drowsy Janet McGlaughlin from Pertemps said: "A tired worker is obviously not as productive as a fully rested one, so this research will naturally be of some concern to line managers, particularly as many respondents indicated that long hours and too much work was to blame.

"Workers also have a duty to make sure they get enough sleep each night and don't turn up to work exhausted from socialising to excess during the working week.

"This is particularly crucial for manual workers as there are clearly safety implications if drowsy people are operating heavy machinery."