Thursday, February 17, 2011

busywork

So, the other day I was at work, and it was kind of a slow day, and I'd really already done all the make-work and busywork I could think of, including cleaning the bathroom (grroooossssss), and it was two-thirty.


And I looked up at the clock and I thought, I have NO IDEA how I'm going to make it until four-thirty (quitting time). I have NO IDEA how I'm going to get from now until then.


Obviously, I survived, without actually DYING from BOREDOM or anything. But I got to wondering: It's not just me, right?


Do you guys ever have slow days at work? Days when you've gotten done with all your to-do stuff, and then did some extra filing and archiving and maybe even cleaned the bathroom (grrrrrossssss), and found yourself with nothing to do?


And how do you fill the time?


Just curious. Because this happens to me every once in a while, and I wanted to make sure that it wasn't just me.


Or maybe it is.


It isn't, is it?

5 comments:

Badass Nature Girl said...

Unfortunately, I am never at a loss of things to do until quitting time, but maybe that's because I don't have a quitting time. 24/7 is my job hours. Are you allowed to take a book or some thing to work on that wouldn't be insanely noticable if a client walks in cuz cleaning the bathroom, while neccessary to have, is pretty gross.

Domestic Kate said...
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Domestic Kate said...

I used to have a job like that. I worked at a front desk, and if my duties were finished and there were no clients to help, I didn't have anything else to do. So, I played games online because I could sit at my computer and greet anyone coming by, but they wouldn't know that I was goofing around. My boss rarely saw me, and usually he didn't care anyway. It was also a pretty social workplace, so we'd sit around and shoot the breeze.

What you're describing, though, I think is what is causing people to go the route of the 4-day work week or working from home more often. Managers are realizing that their employees spend a lot of time doing nothing until the clock says they can go home; meanwhile, other days, when the clock says it's time to go home, there's still a lot of work to be done.

rockygrace said...

I do read books, and do crosswords, and fart around on line. Just sometimes it seems like a waste, you know? I agree with you, Kate, that some types of work are better suited for a flexible arrangement.

It's just that our clients expect us to keep regular business hours, you know? Hmm.

Badass Nature Girl said...

I can understand that. I know at my last job as a cake decorator/pastry chef, there were days where I'd get all of my work done an hour or so early. I was a single mom at the time and so I'd call it a day, go home and shower and pick up my boy. That drove my boss insane. She kept saying that I could have used that hour to practice making frosting flowers. Realistically though, by the time you get all of your stuff together and are ready to start making them, you've really got less than 30 minutes now to do so, and I was the only one on day shift that really made the effort to clean that place and organize stuff, so I wasn't going to put any more of myself into that for sure. But I do remember those jobs where you're kind of 'stuck' there when there's nothing to do because you have to be available for the client and that's a bummer