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One in four Europeans admit to napping on the job, Irish workers lead the pack: survey

One in four European workers admits to falling asleep on the job, according to a survey.

Irish workers led the pack in on-the-job napping (40 per cent) while their Dutch counterparts were least likely to partake in a work-time snooze, with 80 per cent claiming to have never fallen asleep at the office.

“Long workdays, routine tasks, meetings that drag on and staring into the monitor are prompting workers around Europe to fall asleep at their workplace,” one of the survey’s co-authors, Internet jobs site Jobline, said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

According to the survey, 24 per cent of respondents had fallen asleep either at their desk, in a meeting or, surprisingly, the washroom. Another 39 per cent said they hadn’t yet succumbed to counting sheep in the office but had trouble staying awake.

The poll was conducted by Jobline and Monster Worldwide between March 29 and April 13. It received responses from 21,500 people in 14 European countries.

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