Sleeping on the Job

Here’s a fun job fact:

How many times did you want to doze off at work but couldn’t because you were afraid that your boss would see? Or how many times have you snuck a little nap at your desk?

Well, believe it or not, sleeping on the job (“Inemuri”) is acceptable in Japan because it shows hard work and commitment. While doing this, the employee must nap in a certain way that shows they are still engaged and can wake up any time and jump right back to work.

It’s also a huge compliment when employees or the boss says to you: “otsukaresama deshita” at the end of the work day which means “you are tired, sir”. It shows that the boss appreciates your hard work and he is giving you praise for it.


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