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Half of IT Workers Sleep on the Job

CowboyNeal posted about 7 years ago | from the checking-eyelids-for-leaks dept.

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Stony Stevenson writes "According to a new online survey by Harris Interactive, more than half of IT workers say they've fallen asleep at work, while nearly half of techies also are apparently in the mood for love. Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker, according to the online survey of 5,700 U.S. workers, including 163 techies. The survey didn't indicate if those work taboos were committed by the same respondents, but in both cases, men were more likely to admit doing both. Forty-nine percent of male techies say they've fallen asleep at work, while only 35 percent of women admitted doing so."

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zzzz...... (5, Funny)

MaineCoon (12585) | about 7 years ago | (#20777103)

er, huh, whu? I'm sorry, were you saying something?

Re:zzzz...... (2, Funny)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 7 years ago | (#20777207)

Wake me up when the log gets to 100 comments or so zzzzzzzzzz

Re:zzzz...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777475)

Summary of Below: The only coworker they've kissed is a guy named Ass.

Re:zzzz...... (5, Funny)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 years ago | (#20777263)

No, I was too busy kissing my coworker. Too bad they are all male. I guess we do have a female office manager, she is the only one, but does that mean 47% of my coworkers have kissed her? Ew can we end this conversation already?

Re:zzzz...... (5, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | about 7 years ago | (#20777373)

setting threshold to +3

Re:zzzz...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777627)

I love it..

Re:zzzz...... (5, Funny)

driftingwalrus (203255) | about 7 years ago | (#20777741)

Clearly this points to an epidemic of sleep-kissing in the workplace!

Re:zzzz...... (4, Funny)

creimer (824291) | about 7 years ago | (#20777333)

That strange noise from the PC underneath the desk wasn't a worn out fan. :P

Re:zzzz...... (5, Interesting)

Stripe7 (571267) | about 7 years ago | (#20777375)

Yes, falling asleep on the job is one half of the equation, working 12-18 hour days or being on call 24/7 is the other side of the equation. I was at EBay once and saw people with sleeping bags under their desks as well as watched a father singing a lullaby's to his kid over the phone because something blew up and work needed to be done.

Re:zzzz...... (4, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | about 7 years ago | (#20777669)

They got sleeping bags? Pussies.

I can't imagine an "I slept at work" scenario in my job that didn't involve obscene overtime and after hours work. Where the hell would you find time? Where the hell do people get these JOBS?

Well yeah. (0)

mind21_98 (18647) | about 7 years ago | (#20777113)

Sometimes I feel like sleeping at my current job. This seems pretty obvious to me.

Working for a pr0n company & Powernapping (4, Interesting)

fsckr (965056) | about 7 years ago | (#20777429)

I used to work for a pr0n company where people were actually paid for sleeping on the job (not to mention kissing co-workers...hehe) but I guess my experience is not really that of the 'typical' IT worker... That said, I think all IT workers should take at least a one hour nap midday sometime, it makes dealing with non-IT types much easier afterward. A colleague of mine introduced me to the 30 min powernap. At 3pm when you feel tired, chug a Red Bull or a coffee and quickly take a nap, by the time the drink kicks in you should be waking up from your nap charged up and ready to take on another 3hrs or so...try it! fsckr

Re:Working for a pr0n company & Powernapping (5, Funny)

megaditto (982598) | about 7 years ago | (#20777771)

Do you realise that unlike most of slashdotters, your boss expects you to alt-tab out of excel and into a pornsite when s/he is around?

SLASHDOT USERS EAT MARE PUSSY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777117)

Re:SLASHDOT USERS EAT MARE PUSSY (0, Offtopic)

Kyrka (20144) | about 7 years ago | (#20777137)

_mare_ ? Now that's funny!

Re: BLUCHER ! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777257)

Ok, let's just stop horsing around.

Perhaps.. (1)

gibbdog (551209) | about 7 years ago | (#20777129)

Perhaps the female workers are being honest. It could be completely possible that the difference in the numbers is b/c male co-workers are kissing each other and females just don't sleep on the job as often.

Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (5, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | about 7 years ago | (#20777135)

I have an older employee who handles some contracts (hourly) that has a tendency to fall asleep. He's within a decade or less of retirement, and we've caught him napping a few times in recent months (as has the customer he's usually working at). We've talked, and it definitely seems like there's a medical issue here, so it leaves us with having to just compensate the customer for any billable time where he has fallen asleep. We've considered moving him to an internal job, but he's really good at the tasks he leads, and he also works very hard otherwise. The customer is also understanding because they have realized that his productive time more than compensates for his napping time, but there's always a fear that the contract could expire over this particular issue.

I'm sure most of the people polled here are younger, but it's definitely not just a laziness issue.

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777165)

Interesting. The time I'm not surfing the Web, I spend in my car drinking beer. That's why I park at the far end of the lot behind that big SUV...

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777211)

What a coincidence. I park my big SUV at the far end of the lot so I can bang HR chicks on lunch break.

What you say cracka? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777223)

Fuck you, faggot-ass white-boy.

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (2, Interesting)

internetcommie (945194) | about 7 years ago | (#20777275)

Yeah, I have an older coworker who sometimes naps at work too, though he has occasional dead time at his job, so why not?

I suspect one of our current IT techs occasionally spends some quality time in the server room inspecting the insides of his eyelids but so long as his snoring doesn't affect the server I don't see a reason to complain.

At my current job I haven't observed any kissing between coworkers, but some of them get pretty intimate with doughnuts at times.

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 7 years ago | (#20777667)

Aren't those called "managers"?

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777513)

You're a shitty manager.

Your men are being worked so hard that they fall asleep at work, and you're thinking about contracts?

That there smells of disaster.

Re:Not always due to laziness or lack of work... (3, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | about 7 years ago | (#20777645)

Of course, for every nap on the job, I suspect there are a half dozen sleepless nights where an engineer had to cover for an emergency, fix something, help with a high priority client, fly somewhere for an urgent fix, cover a sick employee or return from vacation early. Sorry, but I don't feel guilty if I take a nap here and there when I also often work double shifts, put in seven day weeks (sometimes multiple weeks in a row), cover for staff shortages, log in remotely while on vacation in a hotel, from the family house on thanksgiving, from my home at 3am. . .

Just people trying to offer more excuses as to why they need to outsource jobs overseas, because of incompetent, undereducated, lazy American employees.

I kissed someone at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777145)

To my defense she told me that she loved me in an email.

Re:I kissed someone at work (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777435)

I once sent a kissing emoticon to an employee who I believed to be female; does that count for anything?

I Believe It (4, Interesting)

MrCrassic (994046) | about 7 years ago | (#20777155)

Funny that I was just about to do an AskSlash about this issue because I was starting to get concerned.

It's been very difficult for me to stay up or want to stay up at the current internship that I'm in, which involves writing software for a corporate firm. While the job itself can be stimulating and logically challenging at times, sometimes I feel like I just have a hard time really concentrating on anything. It's not so much the environment; most of the people that work with me are very active in talking about their roles and responsibilities (most conversations either directly involve or segway into this). Actually, I'm not really sure what it is.

I really like to be mobile and move around in my jobs, but I am devoid of needing to do that for this. My main job is to sit down and review/rewrite/create code. I've never done this before, so maybe I'm just not accustomed to needing to look at a computer screen for 8.5+ hours every business day.

In general, IT jobs can have some physical downtime; it's just inevitable. As for kissing co-workers, I would presume that this is more prominent in corporate environments because the physical quality of the girls are MUCH better than those of more research-oriented or specialized firms (forgive me if I've insulted anyone). I know that there are several women at my job that I would love to take out to dinner sometime, but it can be difficult dealing with a formidable age gap as an intern in a pretty established department...

Good article.

Re:I Believe It (4, Interesting)

Original Replica (908688) | about 7 years ago | (#20777313)

I really like to be mobile and move around in my jobs, but I am devoid of needing to do that for this. My main job is to sit down and review/rewrite/create code. I've never done this before, so maybe I'm just not accustomed to needing to look at a computer screen for 8.5+ hours every business day.

I found out after college, that the realities of a full time job in the field of my major, were mentally exhausting and physically unmoving. So I changed career paths about a year after graduation. If sitting in a chair while looking at a computer screen for 8+ hours a day isn't for you, maybe you should find a different line of work. In the course of your life, you will spend more time at work than will spend with your spouse, you job should be something you enjoy.

Re:I Believe It (1)

Yakman (22964) | about 7 years ago | (#20777407)

So what kind of career are you in now? Just interested :)

Re:I Believe It (1)

smeagols_ghost (644286) | about 7 years ago | (#20777509)

I did the same thing, finished uni, with an IT (software engineering) degree and realized that i just couldn't take sitting in an office all day. I ended up getting an apprenticeship as a linemen with the local power company.

Eventually ill go back to university and do an power engineering degree and move into command and control before the body gives out or i start getting bored.

Re:I Believe It (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | about 7 years ago | (#20777511)

Well, given that this is an internship and is only to last about 3 or 4 more months, I will probably stick it out (since I don't have a choice ;-). I'm more optomistic about it, since I have been anxiously waiting to have a real programming job, so I am hoping that there might be a larger opportunity for me waiting when I finish learning how to write Java GUI code without any GUI Editors to help me :-(

I do agree with your first statement. Even in my firm, there are a lot of positions that are clearly intended for fresh college graduates with "glaring" resumes that would make any filter happy. Most of these positions are replaceable, but some go for the corporate ladder.

As for me, I'd rather just worry about biking to work and leaving it at that.

Re:I Believe It (1)

untaken_name (660789) | about 7 years ago | (#20777651)

In the course of your life, you will spend more time at work than will spend with your spouse

If this is true for "you", then "you" are not doing it right. "You" lose at life.

Re:I Believe It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777455)

the physical quality of the girls are MUCH better than those of more research-oriented or specialized firm

Since you are interning, I'm assuming you are on the young side. Here's some unprovoked and likely undesired -- but free -- advice from an old(erish) fart: Intelligence is much sexier than looks, and lasts a hell of a lot longer to boot!

Good luck with your gig. :)

Not meant to be pedantic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777499)

Segue

I know that I'd want to be corrected here on /. rather than out in the real world where first impressions matter.

Re:I Believe It (3, Interesting)

Anrego (830717) | about 7 years ago | (#20777783)

I`ve long thought that the work day is way to long. 8 hours is just too much time to spend sitting in a chair... or really doing any kind of work.

I find that after 6 hours, I generally have no capacity to write any serious code, and usually spend the remainder of the day picking at what i`ve written (which is actually probably a good thing, because I find a lot of minor bugs/typos/etc..)

I find that taking a 5 minute break to walk around the building or even pace around your office every hour or so makes _all_ the difference in the world. I guess it depends on who your working for, but most people I`ve worked for take the attitude that as long as the work load gets taken care of, how you manage your time is your responsibility. If it comes down to it, you could argue it's a health issue (as many medical authorities recommend such breaks for people who sit in front of a computer all the time).

I can`t say I`ve ever actually fallen asleep on the job... but I`ve definitely had days where I did absolutely nothing. Kind of like sleeping with your eyes open I guess.

Anyway, just my $.02

Maybe ... (1, Funny)

WinkyN (263806) | about 7 years ago | (#20777163)

Maybe those napping techs are just channeling their inner Ralph Wiggum in preparation for "Talk Like a Pirate Day".

Lies! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777175)

Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker
Everyone knows there are no women in IT! Or am I assuming too much here?

Sounds like techies aren't getting enough sleep. (5, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | about 7 years ago | (#20777179)

sleep debt [wikipedia.org] is a real phenomenon, and if you're falling asleep at work, you've likely got a large amount of it.

Many people think falling asleep is a sign of "laziness". That's just nonsense, it just means that person needs to get more sleep, or get better quality sleep!

Re:Sounds like techies aren't getting enough sleep (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777419)

I sleep around 10 hours a night, more on the weekends, but am still tired all the time. I've been checked out, they say nothing is physically wrong with me, which is very frustrating to hear, OF COURSE something is wrong. I guess different people need different amounts of sleep, but if it's true that I need this much just to barely function I really got fucked over genetically.

Re:Sounds like techies aren't getting enough sleep (4, Interesting)

Vellmont (569020) | about 7 years ago | (#20777647)


I sleep around 10 hours a night, more on the weekends, but am still tired all the time.

You might have sleep apnea [wikipedia.org] or some other kind of sleep disorder (assuming you haven't been checked for that). You can be waking up in the middle of the night multiple times and not even realize it. I'm no expert, but if I were you I'd try to get refered to an expert. They can give you some kind of monitoring device that'll tell you how many times/night you're waking up.

There's also special sleep clinics around the country that will observe you while you sleep and can diagnose other kinds of sleep disorders. Many doctors aren't aware of the different sleep disorders that exist. (A number of years ago I attended a speech given by a top sleep researcher given to medical professionals, so that's where my primitive knowledge comes from)

Re:Sounds like techies aren't getting enough sleep (4, Interesting)

JNighthawk (769575) | about 7 years ago | (#20777595)

This is why I wish my company either had shorter core hours, or only have core hours 4 days a week. I really have trouble falling asleep at night, but once I'm asleep, I can stay asleep just fine. If I could fall asleep on my own time and come in on my own time, I'd be much more productive/code better, because I wouldn't be as tired.

I think there's definitely something to be said for having only 4 hours of core hours a day. While everyone would still be required to work their 40 hours during the week, you'd only be required to be at work during those 4 hours, and could decide when you wanted to work the other 20 hours.

Half of IT Workers Sleep on the Job (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777183)

Yeah, and the other half is here posting on Slashdot!

sleeping with a nigger dick is more like it. (0, Troll)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | about 7 years ago | (#20777189)

slashwhores just want a 10ft gay nigger cock to pump their mud bucket.

nasty. fucking. dorks.

And 95% of management... (5, Funny)

jwiegley (520444) | about 7 years ago | (#20777209)

We're counting brain-dead as "asleep", right?

News flash, people who don't get sleep fall asleep (1)

Edward Kmett (123105) | about 7 years ago | (#20777221)

... only because we were still at work at 4am trying to push out the current "Agile" development cycle, while management is off on vacation.

Re:News flash, people who don't get sleep fall asl (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 years ago | (#20777303)

Woah, DUDE you need a new job. I know just where you can get one.....

Seriously though, the job market is amazing right now, if your job sucks that much leave your company to the miserable, failing fate it deserves. Find something better for yourself.

Re:News flash, people who don't get sleep fall asl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777569)

Ya think? I've worked all hours of a day, 24+ hour shifts, a month of 7x12 (or 16) hour days.

Most of that is with prior jobs, but even on this one I did a 23 hour shift when a customer installed a patch they shouldn't have...

More men kissing (1)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | about 7 years ago | (#20777225)

"The survey didn't indicate if those work taboos were committed by the same respondents, but in both cases, men were more likely to claim doing both."

Clearly this indicates that a majority of the work force in the tech sector is committed to Apple and Apple-related products [slashdot.org] .

Re:More men kissing (1)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 7 years ago | (#20777443)

You think they're kissing other men?

(I have asbestos wrapped karma. Bring it on)

Tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777245)

Do consider that many IT pros consider the server room to be like a naval ship or prison, where the norms are loosened in the sake of convenience.

Bored and horny... (4, Funny)

Progman3K (515744) | about 7 years ago | (#20777251)

Seems like a dangerous combination.
Might explain all the buggy sotware, which I always attributed to too much coffee...

Re:Bored and horny... (4, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | about 7 years ago | (#20777633)

>"Might explain all the buggy sotware, which I always attributed to too much coffee..."

Well, one way to reduce the bug count is to fire the 51% who AREN'T sleeping on the job - they're obviously the ones writing the buggy code!

no joke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777261)

I jerk off at my cube. The way I figure it, if 1 in 150 employees masturbates at work, if I'm the one doing the rubbin', then I don't have to worry about shaking hands with the other 149...

Re:no joke. (1)

renegadesx (977007) | about 7 years ago | (#20777617)

Hey boss

Overworked and out of our element (2, Interesting)

DoktorSeven (628331) | about 7 years ago | (#20777267)

Because we are all overworked and thrown out of our natural rhythms. Not everyone is comfortable with getting up at 5AM to go to work; I honestly believe that "morning people" and "night people" exist, and that night people are being abused by being forced to keep the same hours as "morning people".

And we've come so far technologically and socially but we still have even more demands put on us every day. 40+ hour week can be a bit much if you have tons of other things to do during non-work hours.

We're supposed to be advancing as a society, not becoming a train wreck. Either pull back on our responsibilities or our work hours, and let us get some rest.

Re:Overworked and out of our element (1)

Freaky Spook (811861) | about 7 years ago | (#20777449)


Overworked definatley is an understatement my job at the moment.

I work in a small company, we effectivley are an external IT department to small business, which can be demanding juggling break/fix work and developing and implementing multiple projects at any one time.

At the moment while my boss is on holiday's I'm working 16 hour days covering his work load and my load and it definatley is a strain on what I can take.

Of course, the clients don't realise how hard you work, and when they log a job with you and you say it will be fixed by the morning, they never stop to think that you actually fix the problem at 1-2am in the morning for them.

Re:Overworked and out of our element (4, Insightful)

SirSlud (67381) | about 7 years ago | (#20777697)

Well, it never bothers them that you do. I'm sure some realize it. After 9 years of programming, I have just decided to under promise, over deliver. Lose a contract, or not get promoted? Fuck it, its not worth it. Sanity is worth it. In the end, somebody will pay you for making quality products or providing quality services without having to live at work. So I say it'll be fixed by tomorrow afternoon, and fix it at 10am. They'll be more appreciative, and you got more sleep so you can clock more quality work hours. I like to say that 25% of the skill of a developer is managing expectations. *Technically*, we could write a word processor in assembly on 386, but telling somebody who is responsible for purchasing computer equipment and software tools that is suicide. Having people realize how fucking hard and taxing your job is and how challenging it is to fix things that appear small to a customer or designer is key to keeping people around you happy to provide you the proper environment to kick ass.

One other thing that people forget is that frequently the problems that crop up that programmers and IT folks have to fix are problems that may not have occurred had the work force been better rested. Near the end of a particular development cycle, we were working 12 to 14 hour shifts 6 or 7 days a week, alternating between folks during the day and folks at night. Near gold, it was basically a team would come in and have to fix the bug caused by the folks the earlier 12 hour shift caused fixing another bug. Everyone was so overworked that nobody could make rational steps towards fixing things properly. Seemed to me that we could have finished off earlier were we not pressed into 'work every hour you're awake' mode for the last 4 weeks. You end up causing problems that you then have to stay up even more hours to fix.

If your clients dont know when you fix things or do things for them, change that. Send them an email timestamped at 1am when you fix the problem. Mention it offhand when you discuss the resolution of the problem. You'd be surprised how willing people are to compromise or help you change the situation so you don't need to be on call for them 24/7 .. they might cut you some slack on short term hack jobs to create better long term infrastructure, monitoring, fixes, etc.

Sample Size... (1)

siokaos (107110) | about 7 years ago | (#20777271)

163 Techies? That sample is *way* too small. Any self respecting editor should discard this, especially such a headline.

Re:Sample Size... (1)

stevenvi (779021) | about 7 years ago | (#20777533)

The margin of error is about 8%. It's not that bad. Now had it been a sample of 16...

in your dreams (1)

dwater (72834) | about 7 years ago | (#20777277)

> Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker,

"Admit"?

An IT guy?

Yeah, right.

In your dreams maybe ... which would explain the sleeping thing.

Re:in your dreams (5, Funny)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | about 7 years ago | (#20777451)

Clearly this was a type-o. The correct statistic is that 47% of IT guys had a dream at work in which they kissed a co-worker.

Of those 47%, 15% admitted they didn't even know the name of the person who they kissed in their dream because they have never spoken a word to the member of the opposite sex. (with the exception of their mother)

25% admitted that they gotten close enough to see the secretaries name tag.

Finally, 60% admitted that they thought kissing the new company servers counted as kissing a co-worker.

Re:in your dreams (5, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | about 7 years ago | (#20777681)

Actually, 35% of females have fallen asleep during the job.

And there the IT guy gets his chance.

I've fallen asleep at work (1)

husker_man (473297) | about 7 years ago | (#20777279)

It's happened to me a few times, primarily around 2:00am when I'm waiting for a crash dump or tombstone to be analyzed by the support line folks. Since I can't stay awake forever during that time, I make sure that the ringer is on 100%, then I put my head down and snooze until I get a call back.
The only other time was a hell weekend where we were doing a totally screwed up network migration, and I only got about four hours of sleep over a three-day weekend. I was close to killing the stupid network manager who put together a totally useless plan for the migration, but he saved himself by resigning first. Helped me avoid washing the blood off of my hands.

Perhaps the two are the same (4, Funny)

mpickut (721322) | about 7 years ago | (#20777283)

Maybe they just dreamed they were kissing a co-worker.

"and when I woke up my mouse was all wet..."

Sooooo....you ask a bunch of geeks (5, Funny)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about 7 years ago | (#20777295)

You ask a bunch of geeks if they've kissed a co-worker...and no surprise, over half of them have! Of course, 57% of us are also blackbelts and monster-truck drivers in our spare time. The girls we supposedly kissed? Yeah, they're totally hot. But they live in Idaho, so you wouldn't know them.

Re:Sooooo....you ask a bunch of geeks (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | about 7 years ago | (#20777701)

You ask a bunch of geeks if they've kissed a co-worker...and no surprise, over half of them have! Of course, 57% of us are also blackbelts and monster-truck drivers in our spare time. The girls we supposedly kissed? Yeah, they're totally hot. But they live in Idaho, so you wouldn't know them.

You're all a bunch of liars who should be ashamed of yourselves. I, on the other hand, learned a little something called integrity and truthfulness back when I was going through astonaut training.

ahhh.. statistics... (5, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | about 7 years ago | (#20777297)

Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker

Forty-nine percent of male techies say they've fallen asleep at work, while only 35 percent of women admitted doing so.
Here is the explanation: Since only 49% of the men admitted sleeping at work, the 51% must be up to something. 35% of the women admittend sleeping at work, my best guess is that at least 35% ( +/- 5%) of the men who were awake are kissing women who are sleeping. That leaves us with 16% of the male who were awake and not kissing sleeping women. Since 47% admitted kissing a co-worker (we already know that 35% we're males), it means that 12 % of the women we're kissing some of the sleeping men. (This doesn't surprise me). Now we had 16% innocent males and 51% innocent females, if you assume that 5% of the remaining males are on the top management, that roughly equals around 15% of the 51% women being kissed and not admitting it. 10% read slasdot (male obviously) leaving 1% what.. well we still had 36% of the women left...

Re:ahhh.. statistics... (1)

Cyfun (667564) | about 7 years ago | (#20777493)

The survey also assumes that "kissing a co-worker" means kissing a co-worker of the opposite sex. I don't know about you, but in most of the IT Departments I've seen, they are mostly guys. Sounds like the survey should have also checked on how many bi/homosexual IT workers were counted in these numbers. I'm not gay, btw.

half? (1)

dwater (72834) | about 7 years ago | (#20777319)

> Half of IT Workers Sleep on the Job

Perhaps it's just the bottom half? ...which would might explain why it's *only* kissing.

Doubly starved... (0)

Nick Driver (238034) | about 7 years ago | (#20777329)

So... I guess when I fall asleep at my desk and then suddenly wake up with a raging boner, that must mean that I'm both sleep and sex starved?

Re:Doubly starved... (1)

fractoid (1076465) | about 7 years ago | (#20777447)

Yes. Although of course, regular sex can lead to you becoming even more sleep starved... ;) It's hella worth it though. :D

Re:Doubly starved... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777609)

You're not masturbating enough. Fap around noon, take a quick nap. You'll be fine. Well, you're still not having sex, but at least you'll have plenty of time awake to think about that.

As do we all...

Re:Doubly starved... (1)

SirSlud (67381) | about 7 years ago | (#20777763)

So... I guess when I fall asleep at my desk and then suddenly wake up with a raging boner, that must mean that I'm both sleep and sex starved?

No, it means you should keep your phone off vibrate when you sleep.

Fallen asleep? (4, Interesting)

alshithead (981606) | about 7 years ago | (#20777339)

I've never fallen asleep...gone to sleep? Oh, yes. With a former employer it wasn't unusual to bust ass for 7-8 hours starting at 8 PM Saturday to get physical maintenance tasks done (after working 50 hours during the week) and then being in the position of still having several hours before server jobs I had kicked off at the start of maintenance needing to finish so I can go home. Employee lounge with nice comfortable leather sofa...here I come. Management knew and preferred that to me killing myself falling asleep behind the wheel on my way home. Still, it's funny how you can miss the fact that a traffic light is red when you are really sleep deprived. I'm very happy to have a 9-5 now.

90% of IT workers (4, Insightful)

Kizzle (555439) | about 7 years ago | (#20777347)

lie on surveys.

For the mobile repair men (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777355)

This just means more of a chance of not waking up!

So, if more men kissed at work than women... (4, Funny)

Junta (36770) | about 7 years ago | (#20777359)

That means... I really don't want to fall asleep around other men at work?

Kissing surveys (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777395)

It's always better on such things to ask "how many different coworkers have you kissed?" instead of "have you ever kissed a coworker?" That way, assuming negligible same-sex kissing, if answers of males greatly differ from those of females, we know one group is lying (total indegree equals total outdegree, if you will). With this survey, it's impossible to tell whether the variation is due to gender differences in kissing behavior or in admitting to it.

Power napping! (4, Interesting)

jacobcaz (91509) | about 7 years ago | (#20777421)

Power napping [successminders.com] is where it's at! Depending on the culture at your work place you may have to be a bit "sneaky" to slip in a power nap, or you may need to scarf lunch and take a quick rest in the car.

I highly recommend it.

That's one thing I've always hated about... (1)

MeditationSensation (1121241) | about 7 years ago | (#20777425)

...the American/Puritan work ethic. Why would taking a short nap in the afternoon when I'm having lunch coma be such a terrible thing? Heck, I'll even do it without pay. Won't cost the employer a thing. It's so crazy that we try to pretend like we're worker bots without biological needs and failings.

Re:That's one thing I've always hated about... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 years ago | (#20777695)

Indeed. We need to rise up, start slaughtering our managers, find the CIO and cut off his arms. Then we head up to the boardroom, throw all of those Yale and Harvard trained sons-of-bitches out the windows. Then we capture a couple of nuclear bombs, blow fucking Wall Street into next Wednesday. Then we descend in a mighty hoard upon Washington DC, seize power, and build better spaceshuttles. Then we take the army, surround Redmond Washington and start throwing Steve Ballmer around the room while we shout "Fuck Microsoft Bob!" Then we take over Russia, and give Putin the Noble Prize and send him to live with Irish alcoholics. Then we move all the Chinese to Australia and use Australians as the grist for a new biomass mill to feed the world! Then we move on to the Moon, where we make God eat ketch...

Wah! Who woke me up? And who the fuck was kissing me?

Where's the surprise? (1)

Pasajero (164368) | about 7 years ago | (#20777431)

Like many others, I have mastered the fine art of sleeping with my eyes open during management meetings.

Re:Where's the surprise? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 7 years ago | (#20777615)

>"Like many others, I have mastered the fine art of sleeping with my eyes open during management meetings."

Now you know why you're always the loser at bullshit bingo and have to buy the donuts.

Naps! (5, Insightful)

kabdib (81955) | about 7 years ago | (#20777463)

As an Old Fart, I often take half hour naps in the early afternoon. I'm lucky to have worked mostly at companies with private offices (with doors that lock), but I've done this in cube farms, too.

After thirty minutes of down-time, I grab a cup of coffee and hit the afternoon refreshed, thinking clearly and less stressed.

Civilized societies have siestas.

IT Jobs (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 7 years ago | (#20777531)

Often IT jobs involve little normal busy work. I've equated many of my IT positions to being a fire fighter. There is plenty of down time, but when there is a fire, somebody has to go put it out. There was a Slashdot article just a few days ago asking about a metric to measure productivity in an IT department. I wouldn't focus on the amount of work done, or the hours slept, but rather whether or not services are ever disrupted.

If IT is there to keep the business running, and it runs, then IT is doing their job.

This what you get when you work people 80+ H/W (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 7 years ago | (#20777545)

This what you get when you work people 80+ H/W and you also want them there for the 6am even if they where there to 2am or later last night. And fireing people who do fall a sleep is not the way to fix it.

I can see the sleeping part. (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | about 7 years ago | (#20777571)

Depends on the the work, but being behind a desk all day coding or maintaining a server could put the snooze on anyone. Coding is a bit more active but still your there doing not much physical activity and more brain work.

I know there were times I was studying for homework and/or exams when I was in college and reading text books would put me to sleep. IT work is no different I think, people need to get up and move around and process all they're doing before going back at it so to speak.

Even a little horse play doesn't hurt to take your mind off the work to relax and process things. You come back at it with a fresher perspective. For me, I'm in the middle of a rubber band war in my cubical between a web guy and a server admin. They're just lucky a rubber band hasn't landed in my food during lunch. I have no problems spending a little extra new found cash at the appropriate arms dealer. >:)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/8a0f/ [thinkgeek.com]

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/729d/ [thinkgeek.com]

There's always beer in the fridge. (1)

broohaha (5295) | about 7 years ago | (#20777575)

We always keep beer in our fridges, but generally we don't consume it till late afternoon on Fridays.

Re:There's always beer in the fridge. (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | about 7 years ago | (#20777663)

Thanks for reminding me - we're out of vodka and rum at the office. Can you pick some up on the way in? And maybe some ice?

And the non-techies??? (1)

jwiegley (520444) | about 7 years ago | (#20777635)

I would very much like to see the statistics for the non-techies.

oil rigs (2, Interesting)

FudRucker (866063) | about 7 years ago | (#20777641)

when i was working the morning tower in the oil field (7PM to 5AM) i made about 2/3s of my paycheck sleeping in the dog house, the driller would throw an old boot on to the top of the dog house from the drilling platform when he need me, and i would have to find that boot and bring it back up to the platform...

whilst the other 1/2 'creates' more 'work'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777649)

let me think on that a bit more? it may be easier to fix when it's finished getting 'broken'.

just kissing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777655)

i have made a female coworker come at work
(hand stimulation under the skirt and panties)
does that count for anything
I don't think i will login for this
what with "sexual" her-ass-ment being what it is these days

Yeah, right ... (1)

Bob(TM) (104510) | about 7 years ago | (#20777671)

Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they've kissed a co-worker

Yeah ... in your dreams! (specifically the 50% that have fallen asleep)

Brown nosers. (1)

Binary Ninja (21945) | about 7 years ago | (#20777679)

The numbers work ok if you count ass kissing.

Yes and yes, male in IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777683)

Yes, I've fallen asleep at work before (maybe even as many times as I've done all-nighters). Yes, I've kissed a female coworker before (in the office place). My only defense to the latter is that she started it and she was married and I was not at the time ...

I'll also admit[1] to calling in sick for work when my girlfriend at the time wanted me to stay at home in bed with her.

[1] But not under my real name ...

No kissing where I work... (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | about 7 years ago | (#20777693)

I work with a bunch of dudes. The only kissable person in the building is the asian girl in accounting.

LK

sleeping on the job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20777759)

Privelege of the job. But we do some of the most complicated work, the human brain can handle
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