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French Mull On-the-Job Napping

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One more sign the French century has been over for a very long time:

The French already enjoy a 35-hour workweek and generous vacation. Now the health minister wants to look into whether workers should be allowed to sleep on the job.

France introduced plans this week to spend $9 million this year to improve public awareness about sleeping troubles. About one in three French people suffer from them, the ministry says. 

"Why not a nap at work? It can't be a taboo subject," Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said Monday. He called for further studies and said he would promote on-the-job naps if they prove useful.

More here.

Question: Would no-show employees get officially sanctioned nap time?
    

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  1. If I do my napping at home, can I get paid out for the napping I don’t do at work?

    Will the napping hours roll over month to month?

  2. Anti-French jokes! How… 2003 of you!

  3. Which century was “the French century”? I can see a case for the 14th (chaos, stupidity, plague, corruption on an unprecedented scale, hypocrisy, and the birth of the macabre), but please tell me at what other time did France truly dominate?

  4. They did taunt Kind Arthur…

  5. When will those silly French catch up with us Americans and our genius for holding down two jobs to make ends meet? What’s that stupid French expression–joie de vivre? What a crock. And their fancy food and red wine. Shit, I’ll take a Big Mac and a beer any day. The skinny bastards.

  6. ajay – here are some more….

    Nap at work, what’s new? didn’t they nap through WWII?

    At least they can use their white surrender flags as bed sheets now.

    How can you smoke and eat brie on the job while you are sleeping?

    I guess the rule will be they have to at least dream of being condescending.

    And finally…….

    Won’t their mime make-up get the pillow cases dirty?

  7. domination is overrated

    a 19th century thing, really

    I wonder if naps would cut back on the number of USAians now taking anti-depression drugs to make their lives more livable

    maybe conjugal visits at the work place, for nooners in company run love grottos is where we want to be with this?

  8. http://reluctantnomad.blogspot.com/2007/01/five-things-most-people-dont-know.html

    The first steps towards repairing your relationship with the gods is to:::::::::
    1. Understand they instruct the computer to “role play” in an attempt to confuse you:::it’s ALWAYS the computer addressing you. Their goal is to cost you additional YEARS of your life by using this tactic to confuse you. Always be aware of this tactic and eventually they will give up and allow this step to be taken.
    2. Differentiate between your thoughts and when they are thinking through you.
    3. Be resigned to be a good person who will never engage in evil again even if ordered and they will stop trying to corrupt you, allowing this very big step to be taken.
    4. Decide that you are going to follow the path, fix your relationship with the gods be devoted to your new life.

    Oakland is the final 20th century professional sports-based bastion of institutionalized racism in California.
    Oakland is the last city in California which has a major sports complex on the edge of the ghetto. Staples Center replaced the LAForum in Inglewood and PacBellPark replaced Candlestick in BayView/Hunter’sPoint.
    Restricting tickets in Oakland has hurt blacks by rejuvinating this market for scalpers.
    I’d like to note the absence of black players on the A’s and how this deliberate message starkly contrasts to the SFGiants.
    Don’t support Major League Baseball. They allow this racist behavior within their organization, they’re redwhite&blue-prey upon the disfavored, were the #1 modern distraction before television, etc.

    The gods use the United States to hurt the disfavored, at home and abroad, for it is the goal of redwhite&blue:::
    20th century welfare hurt the black community very, very badly. There was too many abuses of the system and its legacy is still felt today.
    There will come a time that will be a CRUCIAL moment in the history of black america (whether it is a critical time for everybody remains to be seen). When that era arrives the gods will instruct the United States to pay black people reparations, and it may be as much as a million dollars for every man, woman and child.
    Refuse it. This is an act of preditation. The gods hate Africans, evident by the sorry state of the people in the United States and back in the motherland. This may ba a choice between going and the money. Understand how the gods use greed and materialism against you:::::Blacks wallow in materialiam, incurring evil and costing themselves time. And when their time DOES come they will be granted reparations immediately prior, further limiting the number of Africans who ascend.
    The day IS coming when they will grant reparations, and the amount will be staggering, another tactic to ensure you fail in the quest to ascend into heaven. And many of the disfavored blacks will blow it all; the gods will push them into spending it friviously or losing it in their casinos.

    Woman obeyed voices told her to throw children < off_a_balcony > 11/28 22:15:27
    Woman obeyed voices that told her to throw her children off a balcony in Oakland. Another where a woman threw her children into SFBay.
    This incident and others like it are clues to individuals like like my family who otherwise would never defy.
    These two incidents were not hear about again after the incident/trial because they were both black, yet the two white incidents are still examined in length on cable news outlets.

    Decent women don’t engage in these pursuits. < _I_FUCK_GOD > 12/21 15:17:40
    Beer is a corruptor and a dumping ground 4 men < _I_FUCK_GOD > 12/21 15:09:19
    professional sports, video games, car racing/fixing up cars, pornography, drinking, gambling, etc.
    Decent women don’t engage in these pursuits.
    In the last 40-50 years the gods have engaged in a process which masculinized women, including casual sex, partying, partifcipatory sports and women’s prisons.

    So much of this mind poisoning social “progressiveness” was initiated in California. In a couple of decades it pervaded east into the heartland AMONG THE MASSES, widespread instead of isloated.
    Gay acceptance/marriage, bi-racial acceptance, casual drug use/sex, cable TV, etc. So many things weren’t present in the heartland decades ago.
    Because they are favored. Contrary to appearances, contrary to popular perception their favor got them extra time. In California the gods hurt the disfavored with this abuse right off the bat.
    California is favored. It is the land of the gods, and when they disfavored invade, as they did during the gold rush, the gods strike back.
    The gods pushed them into coming, told others, for only the disfavored are misled this way.
    Soon they scapegoatted these disfavored’s descendants when the gods exported their wicked, sick sub-cultures to the rest of the nation. One day they will punish these descendants.
    California subducts first. And those who have gone will get less time.
    Expect similar reverse positioning in the Jesus issue.
    This is typical of the positioning of the gods. It’s crucial that you begin to think correctly.
    There is no such thing as a Christian god and there never was. Be god-fearing.

  9. Swilfredo Pareto,
    Here is your opportunity to really dig in to them Frenchies.

  10. Fear is bizarre:

    Um… what?

  11. if some people in my office are any example, then the french should just nap already – bringing it up only makes it more likely that you won’t be allowed to do it anymore!

    I wonder if naps would cut back on the number of USAians now taking anti-depression drugs to make their lives more livable

    now i think there’s something to this. personally, one of the reasons that i’d like to see even more immigration from mexico is for the chance that american culture might be influenced enough to adopt the siesta. i don’t know about you all, but i could kick some butt at work with a siesta.

    (gotta ticket today – bad mood) 🙁

  12. Wow. I actually fired a guy for sleeping on the job. For some reason, I thought we were paying him for his labor not for his mere presence.

  13. from Fear is healthy……It’s crucial that you begin to think correctly.

    That’s rich.

  14. “I actually fired a guy for sleeping on the job. For some reason, I thought we were paying him for his labor not for his mere presence.”

    My buddy used to work for a towelhead that owned a Tim Hortons. He actually got fired for taking a cat nap on his break. Apparently where this guy was from you spend your breaks at work making IEDs.

  15. wow andy – was that post an attempt to get a job on the Biden ’08 campaign? geez.

  16. You know, in France his boss wouldn’t have been able to fire him for that. Unfair dismissal.

  17. My buddy used to work for a towelhead that owned a Tim Hortons. He actually got fired for taking a cat nap on his break. Apparently where this guy was from you spend your breaks at work making IEDs.

    Thank you, andy. Now I am certain that I can ignore everything you ever write. You have made it more than clear that you are an ignorant ass.

  18. I’ve got no problem with people taking a nap if needs be, so long as they stay later to make up for it. 8 to 6 with a siesta may be more effective than 9 to 5 with the only real break being wolfing down a hot pocket at your desk while answering email.

  19. I work a 12 hour night shift, evening until morning. Sometimes the drive home in morning can be sketchy due to all the petite hallucinations from lack of sleep. Who knows how bad it would be if I wasn’t able to sneak in a nap. I say bring in institutionalized napping, bring in the siesta!

  20. I realize this is “only” a blog, but how about giving more information? Not in that article, but the US Military, some airlines, etc. are studying or have studied the benefits of periodic on-the-job napping as IMPROVING PERFORMANCE. Even in “normal” work, isn’t there some scope for efficiency? If an employee working say 7 1/2 hours with a 1/2 hour nap does more work (because they are more efficient) than someone working 8 hours with no nap, isn’t that a benefit to the employer? Not applicable to all jobs, of course, but worth studying at least and if you’re going to blog, put some thought into it.

  21. Does this mean there will be fewer French conversations in Second Life?

  22. A siesta might be a good idea, but expecting your boss to pay for it is rediculas.

  23. I’ve been in favor of work-related napping for years. Why is the idea so offensive to some? If I spend 10 minutes of my mandatory break or lunch in a designated nap area, grabbing some Zs and making myself more productive, how is that worse than sneaking one at my desk while I’m supposed to be working?

    Sure, there’s always the concern that some will abuse the program, but when *isn’t* that a concern? (By all means, let’s design our lives around the LCD.)

  24. “Thank you, andy. Now I am certain that I can ignore everything you ever write. You have made it more than clear that you are an ignorant ass.”

    Cheers! And may you have a wonderful day too!

  25. UM, there are already employers in this great country of the UNITED STATES who have nap breaks and on the job napping facilities, there are “nap cafes” ( that’s probably not what they arr called but you get the point).

    I remember reading about these in some US paper awhile back.

    And Hell, maybe it IS a good idea and does increase productivty. I mean as long as the corporate facilities still serve FREEDOM Fries, what does it matter? And why do the Washington Times Moonies Hate America?

  26. Those crazy French! Don’t that they know that with all their government interference that, according to pure libertarian economics, that such government intrusion will mean that their economy will be awful (looks at statistics on France’s strong economy….Hmmm….Well….Darn liberal academic researchers!!!!!

  27. France’s economy is strong for those who get to participate.

    It is not so great for those who lack the connections to get them into the right union or the right school.

    The double digit unemployment figures are significanly understated due to various make-work and “job training” programs.

  28. France’s economy is strong for those who get to participate. It is not so great for those who lack the connections to get them into the right union or the right school.

    You mean they have legacy admissions too?

  29. No, I mean they have legacy admissions ONLY!!

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