Wake Up, You Bum!

January 1, 1999
Here are 12 explanations that employees might say when they’re caught sleeping at their desks:

  • "They told me at the blood bank this might happen."


  • "This is just a 15-minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to."


  • "Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid paper. You probably got here just in time."


  • "This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work."


  • "It’s okay ... I’m still billing the client."


  • "I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement."


  • "I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance."


  • "I was doing a yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress."


  • "Rats! Why did you interrupt me? I almost had figured out a solution to our biggest company problem."


  • "The coffee machine’s broken."


  • "Someone must have put decaf in the wrong pot."


  • "Amen."

SOURCE: Superkids

Workforce, January 1999, Vol. 78, No. 1, p. 26.