Forty winks at work could cost a fortune

by Cameron Edmond14 Jun 2013

As we all know, getting enough sleep is an important part of being a productive worker and is ultimately more rewarding than a few extra hours at the office, too. "Making $60,000 more in annual income has less of an effect on your daily happiness than getting one extra hour of sleep a night," Norbert Schwarz, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Michigan University, said.

“Staying awake for 17 hours has the same performance effect as having a blood alcohol reading of .05,” Michele Grow, CEO of Davidson Trahaire Corpsyche, recently told HC.

Despite this, sleep-deprived workers aren’t at all uncommon, and a German bank employee recently demonstrated just how dangerous that is.

Falling asleep at his desk, the man, who was supposed to transfer 62.42 euros from a retiree’s account, fell into a micro-sleep while holding down the ‘2’ button, skyrocketing the figure to 222m euros, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The bank, which quickly corrected the error, was taken to court by sleepyhead’s colleague, who was dismissed for not noticing the mistake and verifying the order. The court ruled for him to be reinstated.