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2013-02-11 10:54:17 AM
What you do on your lunch hour is your business just so long as you dont come back stoned or drunk.
 
2013-02-11 11:08:06 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: What you do on your lunch hour is your business just so long as you dont come back stoned or drunk.


What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"
 
2013-02-11 11:22:57 AM
I'm asleep right now as I'm typing this.
 
2013-02-11 11:23:00 AM

ajgeek: What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"


Yeah everyone here gets at least an hour off. I normally don't take a full hour, but I try to lead by example.
 
2013-02-11 11:36:27 AM
Try to sell your boss on this idea

I would, but he's asleep.
 
2013-02-11 11:43:41 AM
As long as I can wake up on my own from the nap.  I am always all kinds of pissed off the entire rest of the day if the phone wakes me up from a nap.
 
2013-02-11 01:09:49 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: ajgeek: What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"

Yeah everyone here gets at least an hour off. I normally don't take a full hour, but I try to lead by example.


That's really nice. Everyone here gets scornful looks if they so much as run to the store during business hours. As you can imagine, it's great for productivity.
 
2013-02-11 01:49:06 PM

serpent_sky: The Stealth Hippopotamus: ajgeek: What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"

Yeah everyone here gets at least an hour off. I normally don't take a full hour, but I try to lead by example.

That's really nice. Everyone here gets scornful looks if they so much as run to the store during business hours. As you can imagine, it's great for productivity.


Lord God GabeN said it best when he said "If you want people to perform well you have to treat them well and pay them well, I can't put it any more simply."

But he's not accountable to shareholders, which is nice.
 
2013-02-11 01:50:01 PM
I think there might be some truth to this. When I lay down to take a nap while the lil ones are napping, I generally feel good enough to clean my whole house, or bake random housewifey treats for the family. If I'm tired I tend to just lay around and play video games all day while my s.o. is telling me to get my ass back in the kitchen.

/True story
 
2013-02-11 01:52:58 PM
I have night terrors and they're even worse when I take day-time naps. I'll seriously wake up swinging. Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.
 
2013-02-11 01:53:32 PM
Charlemagne took a nap every day.
 
2013-02-11 01:58:53 PM
My old postman would park in the shade and nap, didn't get my mail delivered any quicker.
 
2013-02-11 02:01:44 PM
Works great until the dirt nap.
 
2013-02-11 02:02:10 PM
I can never fall asleep during the day, so I'll never know if this is true for me.

/unless passing out drunk counts, in which case, that most certainly did NOT help my productivity
 
2013-02-11 02:07:25 PM

LeroyBourne: I have night terrors and they're even worse when I take day-time naps. I'll seriously wake up swinging. Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.


I find myself about to do that most afternoons too. What's a day-time nap?
 
2013-02-11 02:07:56 PM
Obvious Tag is napping...
 
2013-02-11 02:10:43 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Charlemagne took a nap every day.


Supposedly DaVinci worked on a continuous 4 hours work, 15 minutes sleep cycle or something like that. Used a water clock to keep track.
 
2013-02-11 02:11:35 PM

ajgeek: The Stealth Hippopotamus: What you do on your lunch hour is your business just so long as you dont come back stoned or drunk.

What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"


I've never worked in a place that gave more than half an hour for lunch.
 
2013-02-11 02:12:39 PM
But be careful, I was working a weekend once and locked my office door to take a nap, don't you know I slept right through my break time ! Pissed me off, so I went and took an extra long dump.
 
2013-02-11 02:12:56 PM
My boss is already sold on this idea. For him. Not me.
 
2013-02-11 02:13:47 PM

LeroyBourne: I have night terrors and they're even worse when I take day-time naps. I'll seriously wake up swinging. Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.


Get someone you trust to dump ice cold water on you when you get night terrors. They will only have to do it 2 or 3 times..(No you won't wake up from the terror because of the water, it won't snap you out of it, its just negative reinforcement).
 
2013-02-11 02:14:46 PM
Not only did I do that, I used company funds to buy a couch for my office.

/the boss was desperate for me to stay. I quit anyway.
 
2013-02-11 02:17:59 PM
When I worked for a company in Beijing and napping during business hours was normal.

Lots of people, particurly after lunch, would be passed out in in their cubicles.  Didn't matter what time of day it was. In fact, many of the office workers had little pillows at their cubicle or stuffed animal type pillows that they used.  Usually it's like a 5 to 30 minute nap.

None of the bosses cared.  Its totally common with Chinese office culture, as my fellow western expats would comment about it.

There was a lot of things in China I didn't care much for, but this was a totally awesome practice (along with making lots of noise while eating).  A 15 minute power nap instead of fighting sleepiness all day is really more productive.
 
2013-02-11 02:18:32 PM

serpent_sky: The Stealth Hippopotamus: ajgeek: What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"

Yeah everyone here gets at least an hour off. I normally don't take a full hour, but I try to lead by example.

That's really nice. Everyone here gets scornful looks if they so much as run to the store during business hours. As you can imagine, it's great for productivity.


That has to suck for moral though.  As long as my boss sees me (or gets an e-mail) at least once during the day it pretty much verifies I was here that day.  As long as the work gets done by month end, no one really cares to take on the roll of "Time Clock."
 
2013-02-11 02:19:26 PM

MindStalker: LeroyBourne: I have night terrors and they're even worse when I take day-time naps. I'll seriously wake up swinging. Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.

Get someone you trust to dump ice cold water on you when you get night terrors. They will only have to do it 2 or 3 times..(No you won't wake up from the terror because of the water, it won't snap you out of it, its just negative reinforcement).


...or, he could throw the water on you just as you plunge into the San Francisco Bay from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, in your dream. Then, instead of waking up, the water adds enough realism to make you have a fatal heart attack as you panic because of your shark phobia.
 
2013-02-11 02:19:39 PM
My bosses nap every afternoon. Most of the time, together
 
2013-02-11 02:19:48 PM
Live a mile from work and take a 20 min power nap a couple of times a week.
 
2013-02-11 02:20:15 PM

Prof. Frink: LeroyBourne: I have night terrors and they're even worse when I take day-time naps. I'll seriously wake up swinging. Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.

I find myself about to do that most afternoons too. What's a day-time nap?


A nice lazy sunday afternoon watching golf and falling asleep on the couch, and me having a horrible nightmare, thrusting myself out of sleep only to fall face first on the floor.  I don't take them anymore.  It's really fun when I have a steady gf.  Do you know what you were saying last night?  No, what?  You were sitting up in bed talking about last nights meal.  Did you talk back to me?  No, you weren't even facing me.  You should, I'm curious what I do.
 
2013-02-11 02:21:51 PM
Can say I personally approve of this, but won't bother to cast a votey for it.
2 reasons: 1) I'm retired, 2) Warm nap always better with at least one warm cat to Aid Assist & Abet. Prefurrably more!
 
2013-02-11 02:26:15 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: What you do on your lunch hour is your business just so long as you dont come back stoned or drunk.


More like just so long as you can hold your booze/drugs.  Some of my best meetings were informed by Jack Daniels.

I'm the most senior person in my little group of offices and I have a job that often requires me to stay late, come in early or work on weekends depending on the current slate of projects.   I often close my door, pull a pillow out of a drawer, and sleep for an hour or two.  They get way more than 40 hours a week from me so I don't see anything wrong with it.   It can be super helpful.  I get tons of work done afterwards in the 3:00 - 7:00 window.  Without the nap I'm lagging bad those hours some days.
 
2013-02-11 02:31:52 PM
www.slate.com

Hmmm.....

/what the hell is on her watch?
 
2013-02-11 02:33:53 PM
I wasn't sleeping boss, ...I was ...I was ...praying!
 
2013-02-11 02:35:38 PM
Yeah if I could sell this to a boss..I could hold down a job. YEAY MS.
 
2013-02-11 02:44:52 PM

Sasquach: [www.slate.com image 568x346]

Hmmm.....

/what the hell is on her watch?


i think its the little prince upside down...
 
2013-02-11 02:58:23 PM
You're better off napping than posting on Fark.
 
2013-02-11 03:02:49 PM
Naps make me feel far worse than I did prior.
 
2013-02-11 03:04:31 PM

LeroyBourne: Not sure if it would be funny if I just tossed the computer monitor and phone on the floor in a violent rage.


I, for one, would think it funny.
 
2013-02-11 03:08:17 PM

StrikitRich: My old postman would park in the shade and nap, didn't get my mail delivered any quicker.


My postman does the same thing!  Our neighborhood has one of those shared locked metal mail boxes, and he doesn't get to it until at least 4:00pm most days and then just parks right in front of it and after filling it, takes a little nap for about 20-30min.  All the while, people are peeking out of their windows waiting for him to leave so they can check their mail without feeling creeped out.

On another note, about once or twice a week after getting up to get my kids ready and out the door for school, I feel so tired and shiatty that I know I'll never get anything done unless I take a nap.  After I go back to sleep for an hour or two I feel much better and am able to get a lot more done.  Today was one of those days, so I'm getting a kick out of this article.
 
2013-02-11 03:12:21 PM
I am the boss, and I've given my team explicit permission to shut their office door and nap if they feel like they need it. I'm a power-napper, myself, and my boss doesn't care too much.

Neener neener.
 
2013-02-11 03:16:37 PM

phenn: My boss is already sold on this idea. For him. Not me.


+1

I keep waking my boss up from naps when I go knock on his door. It's weird.
 
2013-02-11 03:16:51 PM
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2013-02-11 03:27:57 PM

Jument: phenn: My boss is already sold on this idea. For him. Not me.

+1

I keep waking my boss up from naps when I go knock on his door. It's weird.


My asshole 'boss' tosses everything over the fence to me, has admitted (to my face) that he takes credit for everything I do and has refused me a promotion because (his words) it would make him look like he doesn't do anything.

He can choke on a dickcicle.
 
2013-02-11 03:35:37 PM

dryknife: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x322]


Mr. Dithers' behaviour is bafflingly toxic for a "funny" cartoon.  Much of his interaction with his staff seems to be outright bullying for the sake of pure sadism, especially since Dagwood obviously does his job or presumably he'd be fired.  My bet is that Dithers is simply an incompetent alcoholic with rage issues, who pays his employees well enough to cover up his abuse and keep the organization in the black.  Dagwood's chronic overeating is a stress response brought on by work-related PTSD, but he can't afford to quit.
 
2013-02-11 03:45:35 PM
The best naps for me were the ones where I woke up groggy and was tired going into work. I'd get to my desk and just put my head down for 30 min. After that I was usually good and productive the rest of the work day; if I didn't, I'd be sluggish and crabby that day.
 
2013-02-11 04:10:47 PM

URAPNIS: Naps make me feel far worse than I did prior.


Yeah, me too. I actually feel ill if I sleep for only an hour. Like upset-stomach ill.

I've only tried day-time naps a couple of times, and never at work. It just seems like such a waste of time.
 
2013-02-11 04:13:58 PM

No Such Agency: dryknife: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x322]

Mr. Dithers' behaviour is bafflingly toxic for a "funny" cartoon.  Much of his interaction with his staff seems to be outright bullying for the sake of pure sadism, especially since Dagwood obviously does his job or presumably he'd be fired.  My bet is that Dithers is simply an incompetent alcoholic with rage issues, who pays his employees well enough to cover up his abuse and keep the organization in the black.  Dagwood's chronic overeating is a stress response brought on by work-related PTSD, but he can't afford to quit.


His inability to gain weight also points to some kind of substance addiction.  Meth, most likely.
 
2013-02-11 04:48:15 PM
How do you know this article was written by a woman without looking at the byline?

This seems especially important for women, who always suffer for being perceived as having outside commitments that demand too much of their time-commitments that won't disappear when they wake up from their nap

First, a free protip.  If you're "perceived" as having... but those commitments are real and thus do not disappear when you wake up, it's not a perception you're suffering from, it's reality.

I suspect the real, but just as sexist, situation here is this:  Men tend to not schedule such commitments if they would interfere with their jobs.  If you're a stay-at-home wife/mom and consider that a full time job, then schedule your day like a job.  FFS, I work at home 29 days out of 30, and I know exactly what it takes to get the job done -- behave as though you are at work, because you are, and insist they do the same.

In an office situation, the solution I came up with was to take "lunch" alone and nap in my car or somewhere else, and then eat my actual lunch at my desk while working.  If you don't have a deskbound job, you'll have to use your imagination.
 
2013-02-11 04:48:29 PM

URAPNIS: Naps make me feel far worse than I did prior.


I'm in the same boat as well.  No matter how groggy I am, a nap is going to make me feel even worse.
 
2013-02-11 05:11:35 PM
No Costanza picture??
 
2013-02-11 05:26:51 PM

ajgeek: The Stealth Hippopotamus: What you do on your lunch hour is your business just so long as you dont come back stoned or drunk.

What's a lunch hour? Is that one of those mythical "benefits?"


just borrow some funds from your pension/401k to buffer your vacation days (that way you don't have to use any sick days) and call it square

i'm just glad we only have to work 9 to 5, because that paid lunch hour (in addition to two breaks during the morning and afternoon) really adds a nice buffer to the day
 
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