“Sleeping on the job” refers to falling asleep during company time. In many workplaces, this would be considered gross misconduct and as such grounds for disciplinary action, including termination of employment. The disciplinary approach of the company towards sleeping whilst on duty should be addressed in the employee handbook as well as the consequences of such conduct.

In some occupations, such as those involving driving, security and care falling asleep on duty could endanger the safety of not only the employee but also of others.


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