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Q: Is it acceptable for staff to get away with dozing off at work here?

I see Chinese staff in my office sleep at their desks during work hours and usually no-one says a thing. Is this normal in China and why isn't greater discipline enforced? This would be unacceptable in the west. Maybe they need to start drinking coffee!

7 years 31 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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This is the one thing at work that annoys the hell out of me is sleeping during working hours. It seems perfectly fine to have a snooze after lunch or when they please but no one seems to care or enforce a rule that sleeping is not allowed. Even if they had a big night at a KTV or stay up all night chatting away it is the responsibility of them to get enough sleep and not to sleep at work. As you said if I did this back home I would be called into the office to find out why I am sleeping on the job and not doing work as I am not paid to sleep.

Like everybody I love a good sleep but not on work hours. One girl sleeps at least 4 times day at work and no one seems to care.
But check out this website for a good laugh http://www.sleepingchinese.com/

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7 years 31 weeks ago
 
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Actually it's 11:02 am here at work now and I can clearly see two staff members having a snooze while clients wander about. Nobody gives a rats ass either as it's acceptable to everyone who sees it. I see that the clients won't wake the sleepers (I suppose if they do that, the sleepers will lose face for having to be awoken while working so they are left alone). This behavior has to cause an implosion of some sort in the near future. This country can't continue like this...can it?

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It's entirely acceptable in the school I work in. The weekends are busy, and especially on Sundays it's common for the Chinese teachers to put their heads down for 15-20 minutes. I don't know how deeply they actually sleep, but it looks pretty convincing. In their defense, at least at the place I work, they all turn up at least 15-20 minutes early, each and every work-day, so taking ten minutes back on long and challenging working days doesn't seem so awful to me. The endless time they spend on QQ, on the other hand, just seems stupidly unproductive.

 

I was exhausted today and did the same thing: a ten minute power nap between classes sorted me out. Is that a sign of going local?

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It's normal...LOL

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7 years 30 weeks ago
 
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I sure hope so, or I'll be fired quite soon

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That's funny because when you think of nap time you usually thing of children...but adults need nap time too. I would say if it's on their break they can do whatever they want. 

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Oh, heck yes! It's just one example of how lazy many Chinese are. I see lazy Chinese all the time!  Nothing new!

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7 years 4 weeks ago
 
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Or, the Red Bull energy beverages!!

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Zzzzzzzzz.......

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7 years 4 weeks ago
 
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No,It's unacceptable in my company,We can only take a nap after lunch.

 

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Almost all Chinese companies give their stuff one and a half hour or two hours at noon for lunch and sleep.I usually have a nap for about 30 minutes after lunch.Many colleagues also sleep at working time,but usually they have done their work or don't have much to do at that time.So,even if they are sleeping at working hours,it doesn't matter much.I do the same sometimes.

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I'd say it's expected. 

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