If a scene like the one to the left were to present itself at your office, a few things might cross your mind. Your fellow co-worker is a lazy bum. Or perhaps he pulled an all-nighter last night. Or maybe he’s dead. But this scene is one that is quite common here in China. Literally, sleeping on the job, right in front (and sometimes on top) of one’s laptop is quite the norm. Not the whole day, mind you, but for about half an hour’s worth after lunch. Some schools here even impose a mandatory nap time after the lunch break. I wouldn’t mind taking a little nap myself, except decades of cultural training in Canada has left me incapable of sleeping at the office. First, I’m too self conscious. Second, I don’t have that internal clock well trained enough to wake myself up after 30 minutes. I may end up sleeping the entire afternoon away and drooling on my keyboard, which in turn, results in sparks and fires from between the keys that leads to the eventual destruction of the planet.
And I really wouldn’t want to destroy the planet. I think I’ll just have a latte and move on.
However, if you’re interested in destroying the planet, here are 9 Reasons Why You Should Nap at Work.
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