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How Many Workers are Napping at Home?

A Zippia career survey shows a Surprising Number of People Napping While Working at Home.

Key Findings

  • 33% of Workers Admit Napping on the Clock
  • 15% of Nappers Sleep at Their Desk
  • 37% of Nappers Opt for Their Bed
  • 33% of Nappers Don't Set an Alarm
  • Over 50% Admit Spending Time on Social Media, Surfing the Net, and Texting.

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What Non-Work Activities Do You Do

Zippia surveyed 2,000 workers. Over 1200 of them admitted personal texting and social media activities. That's 60% minimum for each. 

Over half surf the internet. Under half (about 40%) take smoke or snack breaks. I would have preferred that group split into two pieces, smoking and snacking.

Zippia labeled the results "surprising". The only aspect I find particularly surprising is how few do "Other" non-work activities. 

That group encompasses cleaning the house, walking or feeding pets, exercise, non-sleep bedroom activities, etc. 

"Other" appears to be about 150 out of 2,000 or 7.5%. I suspect way higher. If "Other" was a fill in the blank thing as opposed to a checkmark for a list of activities such as I mentioned above, that explains the low results. 

The survey results are a bit stale. They are from May of 2020. I suspect but cannot prove that non-work activities increased as time went on.

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Back to the Office, What Now?

Working remotely has made taking an afternoon snooze a lot easier, and it won’t be easy to give up. ‘I will totally miss the naps.’

OK, You’re Going Back to the Office. What Happens to Your Nap Habit?

When high-school teacher Ryan Tibbens learned he would be resuming in-person school in March, he embarked on a mission. He wanted to continue the naps he’d been taking while working from home over the past year.

“I didn’t want to pull the classic ‘Seinfeld’ episode where George Costanza sleeps under his desk,” said Mr. Tibbens, who is 37 and lives in Berryville, Va. So he bought a cot online and installed it in a backroom at school. He naps there for about 12 minutes during his 30-minute lunch break at least three days a week.

Mr. Tibbens is one of the lucky ones. Many people returning to offices in the coming months face an end to one of the secret perks of working from home: the daily nap. 

While employers have increasingly discussed the need to ensure workers get breaks, he said, “I can tell you I have not heard one employer—and we survey a lot—talk about naps.”

Hey, Let's Try Sleeping Under the Desk

Seinfeld S08E18 The Nap 2 - George gets his desk remodeled.

Overall Key for Employers

The key for employers is not non-work activity but rather how much work did get done vs. the cost of office space, furniture, travel time, and overall productivity.

Most companies are not fully returning to the office so companies in general must be pleased with overall results. 

The "daily" nap may go away, but except for some jobs like teaching (discounting the above example), many weekday naps will remain.