Surveys find 28% fell asleep at work, body art still taboo

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August 08, 2007|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,Sun Columnist

Each week, my inbox fills up quickly with surveys that explore some aspect of the workplace, some serious, some light-hearted.

Here's a sampling of recent surveys that can be used for watercooler fodder or a good laugh:

A survey commissioned by Diet Pepsi Max, a highly caffeinated new soda, found that 50 percent of 1,102 respondents have caught someone asleep on the job, while 28 percent have fallen asleep at work themselves.

Apparently, auto mechanics have the highest rate of on-the-job snoozing at 65 percent, followed by government workers at 51 percent.

(Hmm, I wonder why Diet Pepsi was interested in this survey, wink, wink.)

Need a soda?

For all the social advances we've made in the workplace, having a tattoo is still taboo.

Vault.com, a career Web site, found that 85 percent of workers believe that tattoos and body piercings hinder a job seeker's chances of finding employment. The recent survey included 468 workers representing several industries.

Forty-two percent of workers say they have a tattoo and/or body piercing. Pierced ears don't count.

More than half of them say they cover up when they're at work.

Does your boss remind you of any television character or celebrity?

Well, Careerbuilder.com asked more than 5,700 in a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive what TV boss reminded them of their own boss. (Careerbuilder. com is partly owned by Tribune Co., the parent of The Sun.)

The top 10 responses and characteristics follow:

1. Sam Malone from Cheers: amicable and fun

2. Charlie from Charlie's Angels: absenteeism

3. Judge Judy from Judge Judy: no nonsense

4. Donald Trump from The Apprentice: demanding, powerful

5. Simon Cowell from American Idol: judgmental, insulting

6. Mr. Burns from The Simpsons: sinister

7. Miranda Bailey from Grey's Anatomy: tough but fair

8. Michael Scott from The Office: idiotic

9. Tyra Banks from America's Next Top Model: constantly challenging, quick to point out flaws

10. Jack from Lost: smart, looks out for the team

From the mailbag: Perhaps workers would waste less time in the office if "the doctor's office, pharmacy, credit-card company, repair service, insurance office - insert very necessary service company here - would schedule more evening hours with a live person."

That's according to Laura, a reader who wrote in after reading last week's column on a survey showing that workers waste 20 percent of their workday.

Personal Internet use, socializing with co-workers and conducting personal business were the top three activities that workers said cut into work hours.

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