4 Comments

  1. Jerry

    Everything EPI said is correct; however EPI did not answer the question of what should be done. Realpolitik says that the OP should do nothing. Management has already decided to give sleeping beauty a free pass. Does the OP really want to engage in a battle with her boss (burnimg bridges) over an issue that really doesn’t affect her? If she thinks she is being treated unfairly, shld look for new employment rather than tell her boss how to manage.

  2. scdeb

    Jerry, I agree. This is no one’s business but the gentleman in question and his boss. Ignoring it would be my suggestion & that would include not talking about it with others as well. No one knows what this man is going through but his superiors. For instance he could be undergoing chemo or may do other tasks that are considered over time that compensate for his time spent napping. After 50+ yrs of service a few naps shouldn’t matter to anyone–he has to be doing something right to be employed for all those years.

    • Joanna

      I, too, immediately wondered if perhaps there were some kind of medical issues that HR is aware of, but of course the colleagues aren’t. Perhaps HR is, like many other people nowadays, hesitant to reprimand him for fear of stepping into legal issues regarding his medical condition, an ageism lawsuit, what have you.

      That said, I don’t agree that “after 50+ years of service a few naps shouldn’t matter to anyone.” You do NOT earn the right to slack off simply because you’ve been around a certain number of years; you’re still earning a paycheck and you should fully deserve it. Furthermore, we don’t know any other details. For example, is this an office where clients or vendors come in? It hardly makes your workplace look reliable when someone’s sleeping on the desk. Also, what happens when this man is sleeping? Is there a ringing phone that must be answered by someone else, paperwork that is delayed or passed off entirely to another, etc? If so, this absolutely needs to be addressed.

  3. Ruth Peltier

    It is obvious to me that Management has knowledge of the gentleman’s situation that the OP does not have. Either there is a medical condition involved (Narcolepsy comes to my mind since I have that condition) or the gentleman has knowledge or expertise in an area that other employees are not able to replace. Either way it is none of the OP’s business. I suggest that the OP quietly get up and shut the door when the gentleman is asleep.

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