Japanese Offices Introduce “Sleeping Boxes” So Office Employees Get 40 Blinks (While Standing)
- Japanese offices are planning to install new “sleeping boxes” where workers can sleep standing up
- The comic invention was developed by a furniture company and a plywood supplier
- The user’s head, knees and buttocks are supported to prevent falling during sleep
- Japan has one of the strictest office cultures and overtime rates in the world
Japanese firms have found an ingenious solution to the country’s exhausted office workers’ problem by installing “sleeping boxes” in offices so they can sleep on their feet.
The vertical sleeping device supports the user’s head, knees and buttocks to stay upright and avoid falling over.
The program aims to counteract the country’s harsh office culture — with one in four employees losing up to 80 hours a month on overtime — often unpaid.
Workplace drowsiness is so prevalent in Japanthe country has the term “inemuri” to refer to those who doze off at work.
The new invention emerged from a networking meeting between two companies – furniture maker Itoki and plywood supplier Koyoju Gohan. The mirror reports.
The vertical sleeping device supports the user’s head, knees and buttocks to stay upright and avoid falling over
Saeko Kawashima, Itoki’s communications director, told the media she is confident the novel sleeping box will help people who need to take naps during the day.
“In Japan, there are many people who lock themselves in the bathroom for a while, which I don’t think is healthy,” she said said Bloomberg News.
“It’s better to sleep in a comfortable place.
“Many Japanese people tend to work nonstop without a break,” Kawashima said.
“We hope companies can use this as a more flexible approach to resting.”
Japan is notorious for demanding extremely long hours from its employees.
According to a 2016 government study, one in four companies requires employees to work up to 80 hours of overtime every month – usually unpaid.
Research shows that rejuvenating breaks improve employee performance, which may encourage some companies to introduce power nap devices.
The sleeping boxes drew mixed reactions on social media when news of them broke.
Frederick von Briel tweeted, “Really excited to see if upright nap boxes actually take off in Japan or if it becomes one of those well intentioned ideas nobody needs.”
Aaron Buley posted ‘uhhh yikes’ while Coyote Country 99.5 added: ‘I love naps but not standing up!’