What Richard Branson Did When He Found An Employee Sleeping At Work

When the big boss catches you catching Zzzs on the job, you better believe there are going to be repercussions.

Richard Branson

Your boss finding you asleep on the job is truly one of the most mortifying things that can happen to you at the office. Imagine how awkward it’d be if he takes a photo with you too — one that quickly goes viral.

Virgin Group’s founder Richard Branson did just that.

Branson recently visited his company’s Australian office in Sydney and just happened to bump on a young employee having a lie-in on a couch.

The entrepreneur wrote on his blog:

“There were certainly smiles, and laughter, all round at Virgin Australia. I popped into the office and airport to say hello and check in to see what the team are up to. This guy isn’t up to much at all  I caught him sleeping on the job! Wow, did he get a shock when I woke him up,” wrote the English business mogul. “He must have thought he was dreaming because he went straight back to sleep.”

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Unfortunately, for the mortified employee, this was not a dream. But the rest of the staff had a much-needed laugh at his expense.




Branson, despite plastering the poor man’s face on social media, has allayed whatever fears the young employee might have harbored on getting caught sleeping by his boss.

“To be fair, he was on standby, getting some much needed rest,” stated Branson on the blog.

Maybe getting shut-eye in full room of anyone passing by may not have been the best idea. But some psychologists and business moguls do support sleeping on the job. In fact, countries like Japan actually encourage their employees to snooze during working hours, believing it leads to better performance.

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