Employees sleeping on duty is a problem for any employer. Being tired can affect an employee’s concentration, co-ordination and reaction speed as well as negatively influence the business’s productivity. By sleeping on duty the employee puts him-/herself, colleagues and the employer at risk. This risk is directly linked to the employee’s duties and responsibilities with regard to the (possible) consequences of this offence as well as the impact of this offence on the employer-employee relationship. One of the employer’s main responsibilities is to create a safe working environment for employees. Therefore, sleeping on duty must be handled in accordance with the disciplinary code and procedure.
Is the employee “sleeping”?
Sleeping on duty can be accidental when an employee dozes off without the intention of sleeping, but can also be deliberate when employees isolate themselves and get comfortable, or even build a temporary bed using material from the workplace. Any deliberate misconduct is always seen as a more serious offence. Read more