Have you checked the dictionary meaning of the "break"? Break means a brief rest, as from work. The rest can be with sleep or without sleep. Therefore, why anyone should have objection if someone sleeps during the official break is not understood.
In fact, siesta is good for health too. Check the following link:
In the countries like Spain or Italy, siesta is officially permitted. Click the following link to refer the details:
Siesta: The Little Nap with a Big History - SlumberWise
As long as siesta rejuvenates a person, everything is fine. However, it should not create a drowsiness.
I agree with Dinesh that it is alright if the employee sleeps during the lunch break as long as she/he does not exceed the break time duration. It is up to the employee on how to spend the break timing.
However, if there is any employee who may sleeping at the desk, it is also true that this may give a bad impression to customers or to the management visiting the floor. In front end customer service oriented areas like banks, supermarkets etc, this may seem awkward.
So, you could advise the employee not to sleep at the work place/site and so to choose any other area for the purpose.
Sleeping-on-Duty, is Potent cause of ShopFloor/ Workplace Accidents, Injuries, Lethargy etc
Certified Standing Orders, Servic Rules Expressly Prohibit Sleeping-on-Duty,
Rest while on Duty is For Recuperation
A small nap improve mood, alertness and performance. So small nap during lunch break can be permitted. However as rightly pointed out by Mr.Nelson the place of rest is also equally important depends on the nature of business of employer, it should not be awkward for Superiors / customers as applicable. Further employees may be advised to wash their faces once they resume to work after break hours.
Here the issue is whether the employees should be allowed to sleep during the break and not while on duty.
I share the same views that no restrictions can be placed on this during the break. Even extending it further, even if employees choose to engage in any other activity like use of mobile, playing some group games, chit- chatting or stroll , around , knitting etc they should not be restricted as long as it does not affect discipline or decorum.
These are leisure activities during the break which are bound to rejuvenate and give fresh energy to them and therefore by all means be permitted.
But during breaks officially given if employee has a quick snooze, it is not wrong.Give them some place for the snooze away from customer or visitor eyesight and let them take their break within stipulated timings, wash and then come back refreshed.
A nap is generally conducive to better productivity.
That said, in practice, “don’t fall asleep at work” is common office expectation. Some of that is perceptional issues — people don’t know that you’re on a break or not officially on the clock yet and it can look like you’re sleeping when you should be on the job. That can look really bad for you, and even for your boss (who appears to have an employee who’s openly snoozing). It would be nice if people assumed that if they spot you sleeping (or appearing to sleep), it’s because you’re on a authorised break … but the reality is, people don’t always default to that assumption and jump to conclusion.
So keep all these factors in mind.
Perceptions, productivity while deciding.
As per the Industrial Employment Standing Orders Act. It is clearly indicated "SLEEPING WHILE ON DUTY IS MAJOR MISCONDUCT". The same has followed by all the organisations in their Standing Orders and Service Rules.
But in some of the organisations except manufaturing places, Office staff allowed after lunch break one snap (SIESTA). But the management has given option to work in which number of hours rest has taken that much hours the person has to work continuously during duty hours. to subsititute the loss of working hours .
Dr. PBS KUMAR
Sleeping on duty is a misconduct while on duty but not during rest interval.
However, there should be some restrictions if the said habit affect productivity.
There are never ending arguments over the issue. The practice differs from country to country and employer to employer. Employers consider sleeping on duty as an important issue and mention it in the standing orders or employee hand book. Depending upon the nature of work, it may vary from employer to employer.
If the employer provides paid lunch break he has control over the employee and can insist not to sleep or sleep during break time. Nature of work is also to be considered. For instance a truck driver on a long trip is insisted to take a break and sleep for definite hours without which he may be a danger to himself and even to others on the road. Even in India some of the drivers of parcel services are to park their trucks aside and sleep between 1 and 3 p.m. during which most accidents used to happen.
If not paid for, employees are on their own time at break and they may sleep or do whatever they want but not in the work area.
Sleeping in the offices gives an unprofessional appearance which is not acceptable at any cost. However realizing that it may boost morale and improve productivity some companies have policies to allow employees to take napping breaks during duty hours. On the other hand some companies on hazardous operations are quite strict and use video surveillance to check those who sleep on the job even during lunch break. Those who are caught are subjected to disciplinary actions. This is to ensure that employees are available or not missed during any emergency if occurs.
At construction sites sleeping is strictly prohibited even during lunch break because of safety reasons. Especially in inclement weather any employee taking a nap there will be considered as sick and ambulance will be called for. Heat related illness is so serious at such sites and its management is different.
In certain jobs sleeping at work is not only permitted but encouraged. Where work is extremely demanding flexible time schedules are given. However in such cases employers provide sleeping area and materials for employees, such as a couch and even blankets.
In conclusion there is no hard and fast rule on this.
However if your office is kept open and employees are permitted to sleep in their seats during break time it will be an unpleasant scene for the visitors. They will be seeing most of the employees in their seats sleeping, snoring and a few of them keeping their mouth fully opened and in awkward positions. You can imagine of the impression it will give.
If your premises are not in hazardous zone and if you can afford a separate rest room; there is nothing wrong in permitting the employees to take a nap during their break time.
Some members have commented on sleeping while on duty while the query was whether sleeping during lunch hours is acceptable or not.
Somebody has also said about paid and unpaid lunch break which is unheard of in law and practice.
Some have made unnecessary distinction between allowing sleeping only at rest rooms and not at work place during lunch break. Big organizations provide for rest rooms but in several MSEs where about 100 workers work, because of space crunch are unable to provide rest rooms and therefore, workers eat and sleep/ rest at work place during lunch break.
Obviously, sleeping while on duty may be punishable but making any rule restricting or prohibiting employees to engage in any leisure activities during lunch break is against the grain of sound human relations. I share the view that any leisure activity including sleeping during lunch break may be acceptable within boundaries of commonsense and decency.
I fully agree with the opinion expressed by Mr Divekar & Mr Nagrkar. The term "Break" means break from duty, it does not mean "On Duty this point is very clear. While on break some of the employees go out of work place meaning thereby that they are not on duty. Employees who stay near by to their place of work go to their homes to take lunch. Can we stop that, the answer is no.
Please note that the big factories having residential colony for their employees allow them to go to their houses in the colony during break for taking lunch & rest. Even Factories Act has mandatory provision for providing rest room to the employees to take rest during shift hours.
Standing orders treat sleeping while on duty as offence & not otherwise.
Management can definitely come up with a notice clearly communicating sleeping at workplace as not acceptable and also disciplinary action that follow for repeating such behavior. If the employee repeats the same behavior explanation may be sought and appropriate disciplinary action to be taken. Sleeping on duty is defined as a Misconduct under Model standing orders.
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Humans getting exhausted is usual, Taking a shot naps will make them fresh and work better.
But the question is why will I sleep?
Because no enough work?
Your work place is having no activity center?
If the employees just come to work and there is no place for activity then usually employees get board.
If team is not interacting ?
It should be helpful, we should start working on these 3 areas first.