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2013-04-06 08:54:23 PM

italie: WhippingBoy: Wow. It's no wonder that the "snowflake generation" finds it so hard to get and keep a job.

No kidding. If you are bored at work, you should be worried about why your position exists...

I blame the west. I spent a few years in California and Colorado and was constantly praised for my "Midwestern work ethic", while giving 50% the effort. Slackers, the lot of 'em


I can confirm this in California.  "What do you mean I'm not slacking, I spend half the day screwing around on the internet?"

/To be totally fair, my job basically consists of "Spend 15 minutes writing Chef startup script, boot machine, wait 10 minutes for bug to appear, fix typo, wait 10 minutes for bug to appear, fix typo, etc.  I can either stare at the screen, or appear busy running around the internet.
 
2013-04-06 08:54:54 PM
"Top 10 things Gawker mods are doing other than moderating comment spam."
 
2013-04-06 08:58:41 PM
karmaceutical:
Operating in perpetual panic mode is a hallmark of inept management.

THIS.
 
2013-04-06 09:07:18 PM

SilentStrider: GAT_00: texdent: I see nothing about visiting such sites as
Fark
Tvtropes
Wikipedia
Notalwaysright.com

TvTropes doesn't minimize productivity. It utterly destroys it in an hours-long escapade into the irrevelancies of the Internet.

tvtropes is like crack. Once you get hooked, its impossible to stop surfing.
And if you're like me, editing.


I've been known to add to the Star Trek and West Wing wikis when something occurs to me.
 
2013-04-06 09:07:53 PM

italie: WhippingBoy: Wow. It's no wonder that the "snowflake generation" finds it so hard to get and keep a job.

No kidding. If you are bored at work, you should be worried about why your position exists...

I blame the west. I spent a few years in California and Colorado and was constantly praised for my "Midwestern work ethic", while giving 50% the effort. Slackers, the lot of 'em



Must be by industry. My (Californian) company, in particular my department, is full of people who never stop working, and continually amaze me with how many things several of them have going at any given time. I've always known that I'm smarter than most, but fark, these people make me feel like a lazy underachiever.
 
2013-04-06 09:14:20 PM
Well, since I'm salary...and I'm still "working" when thinking about a work matter during commute or at home,
then I have no guilt about taking a break in office.

And if my employer is that petty,
then that's why I've made myself a commodity and live in an area with tons of options.

Life is too short to deal with little napoleons for too long...
 
2013-04-06 09:42:20 PM

Pizilla: FARK you subby.

I am the one who tells others' to get back to work.

Then again, my job is better than yours.


you sound fat.
 
2013-04-06 09:59:15 PM
i like my job.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-06 10:01:40 PM

AbbeySomeone: Fano: You got time to lean, you got time to clean

Hey F*ck that, have the busser do it.

I'm amazed at the amount of time people waste while employed. TFD on any given day is an insular community of regulars posting from work.


How else could i average 250 posts a week?
 
2013-04-06 10:17:11 PM

GAT_00: texdent: I see nothing about visiting such sites as
Fark
Tvtropes
Wikipedia
Notalwaysright.com

TvTropes doesn't minimize productivity. It utterly destroys it in an hours-long escapade into the irrevelancies of the Internet.


Why does this ridiculous myth about that website persist. It has become a trope itself.
 
2013-04-06 10:48:55 PM

BigNumber12: italie: WhippingBoy: Wow. It's no wonder that the "snowflake generation" finds it so hard to get and keep a job.

No kidding. If you are bored at work, you should be worried about why your position exists...

I blame the west. I spent a few years in California and Colorado and was constantly praised for my "Midwestern work ethic", while giving 50% the effort. Slackers, the lot of 'em


Must be by industry. My (Californian) company, in particular my department, is full of people who never stop working, and continually amaze me with how many things several of them have going at any given time. I've always known that I'm smarter than most, but fark, these people make me feel like a lazy underachiever.


I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule. California ~is~ a pretty big state.
 
2013-04-06 11:19:09 PM

oukewldave: AliceBToklasLives: oukewldave: Where can I get one of these jobs where I am fighting off boredom?  I bust my ass every moment of the day (besides my 30 minute lunch break) 45-50 hours a week.  With unrelenting stress to get everything done because everything is "an emergency" and is already late.  The slower I work, the longer I have to be at my job, which gives my boss even more time to pile on more work.  The faster I work, the quicker I get to move on to the next emergency that is already late that the customer is screaming about.  It's all well worth it for my shiatty pay, coworkers, and management...

If you're getting shiat pay, why not move to a low stress shiat pay job?  I was a security guard (unarmed - obviously armed makes more) for a couple of years in my mid 20s.  Totally low stress; tons of down time.  I was able to work through the Bible cover-to-cover among other books I didn't have time to read in school.

Been looking.  No luck.  If anyone preferably in NE Ohio is looking to hire a mechanical/electrical industrial designer with 3D and lower supervisory experience whose degree is not BSME or BSEE let me know,  For some reason, companies find it extremely relevant what I studied in school 10 years ago as opposed to what I do day to day for the last 7 years.


For what it's worth there is a sign for an EE in front of some building on West 150 between Puritas and Snow in the west Cleveland area. It's been up for months so I'm assuming they don't know what the internet is.
 
2013-04-06 11:24:57 PM

LegacyDL: What I find weird about work is that there are times I wish there were 36 hours in a day so I can get more things done.


Me, too. I also wish Fark would load faster.
 
2013-04-06 11:31:04 PM
Reaganite Capitalism = Soviet communism. We pretend to work - they pretend to pay us.
Everything old is new, again.
 
2013-04-06 11:46:37 PM

parkthebus: BlippityBleep: is that why the womyn at work pull their gossipy passive aggressive games like they're 12?

This x 1,000,000. My workplace is overstaffed with emotionally-12-year-old over 40 women. It's enough to make any man a misogynist.


This drives me crazy. If you've got time to obsess about and plot against that biatch in the office who you inexplicably hate with the power of 10 000 suns, then you obviously don't have enough work to do.

Imagine how productive the workplace would be if women like this put half as much effort into their jobs as they did hating on each other.
 
2013-04-07 12:02:35 AM

AliceBToklasLives: oukewldave: Where can I get one of these jobs where I am fighting off boredom?  I bust my ass every moment of the day (besides my 30 minute lunch break) 45-50 hours a week.  With unrelenting stress to get everything done because everything is "an emergency" and is already late.  The slower I work, the longer I have to be at my job, which gives my boss even more time to pile on more work.  The faster I work, the quicker I get to move on to the next emergency that is already late that the customer is screaming about.  It's all well worth it for my shiatty pay, coworkers, and management...

If you're getting shiat pay, why not move to a low stress shiat pay job?  I was a security guard (unarmed - obviously armed makes more) for a couple of years in my mid 20s.  Totally low stress; tons of down time.  I was able to work through the Bible cover-to-cover among other books I didn't have time to read in school.


IF you can truly handle sitting on your ass doing nothing, and that's what you want, I recommend unarmed security on the graveyard shift. You will have all the downtime you can handle, and unless you're in a high-crime area or you have a supervisor like me, virtually nothing to do but walk around once or twice a night and hit your keys. And hell, if you can stay awake, even a supervisor like me will have nothing to bug you about. I saved my ire for douchebags who showed up to work (I shiat you not) with sleeping bags and pillows.

If you don't want a lot of stress, and don't care about making money, then unarmed security is the way to go.
 
2013-04-07 12:25:15 AM
Get a job where you have three different supervisors who don't confer with each other on projects. Be the best of what you do in your department so that each supervisor comes to you for "rush" or "emergency" projects that have to be out by the end of the day.  Watch as "that vein in the forehead" pops out on each supervisor as he comes by and sees that you are not working on his project!

Actually this is pretty cool because I wind up getting all three projects out on time and each supervisor learns that  I was overloaded and still came through.
 
2013-04-07 01:39:18 AM

BigJake: Unless you're working the kind of job that requires you to actually be physically present for a specific period of time, there's always work to do

get it done and then when Big Emergency hits you don't have to stay nearly as late


I had a job picking up rental car customers at the airport and sometimes, due to delays, the last flight or two of the night might be hours late. All the flights were scheduled to land before 11pm but sometimes they would run as late as 2am or 3am. That's a lot of time to kill. The worst, though, was when an ice storm cancelled all the flights but I still had to go to work. I had a single customer.
 
2013-04-07 01:42:54 AM
Are red staplers involved?
 
2013-04-07 01:59:33 AM
I'm currently at the office because it's a big software release day. Hooray for a waterfall process that has everything happening all at once on a single day.

I'm changing areas soon just so I don't have to show up on a weekend at 2am or work weeks of 24 hour on call. The new application I'm moving to isn't customer facing.
 
2013-04-07 03:34:19 AM

acad1228: Actually this is pretty cool because I wind up getting all three projects out on time and each supervisor learns that  I was overloaded and still came through.


That's not what they learned, you know -- they learned it's your place to do whatever they want you to do without reasonable limits. They'll burn you out with a shred of remorse.

You don't have to believe me -- just keep it in mind as an alternate explanation when you observe their future conduct.
 
2013-04-07 09:23:35 AM

Gyrfalcon: WhippingBoy: Wow. It's no wonder that the "snowflake generation" finds it so hard to get and keep a job.

If you're really that bored at work, then you're either in the wrong line of work, or you're doing your job entirely wrong. Otherwise, you're just slacking.

I've had jobs I actively hated, but rarely have I been legitimately "bored."


All the jobs I absolutely hated happened to be the jobs that I was "legitimately" bored. I don't do well with boredom and my brain has a way of shutting that whole thing down.
 
2013-04-07 10:31:38 AM

austin_millbarge: LegacyDL: What I find weird about work is that there are times I wish there were 36 hours in a day so I can get more things done.

Im so busy at work a 9-hour day feels like 3. Sometimes I wonder how people how just have jobs to take up space and collect a paycheck even stay employed.


I kind of do that, but it is part of the job that I be there even without work.

I get paid well because, well, sitting aroumd doing nothing is painful and miserable.
 
2013-04-07 11:07:13 AM
List is biased towards white collar jobs. Useless for me.
 
2013-04-07 12:51:33 PM

Swoop1809: I'm currently at the office because it's a big software release day. Hooray for a waterfall process that has everything happening all at once on a single day.

I'm changing areas soon just so I don't have to show up on a weekend at 2am or work weeks of 24 hour on call. The new application I'm moving to isn't customer facing.


None of my supported apps are customer-facing, but I'm still on the hook for after-hours/weekend patches, updates, changes and the like, 24/7/365.  We don't update production apps during business hours.

I'm typically involved with 3-4 simultaneous projects in addition to the regulatory admin stuff (DR, audit, etc. etc. etc.). It's very rare that the pace is slow or that boredom intrudes.

/Stress, frustration, etc. are still there in spades, however
 
2013-04-07 01:13:55 PM

Fano: Hey F*ck that, have the busser do it.

I'm amazed at the amount of time people waste while employed. TFD on any given day is an insular community of regulars posting from work.

How else could i average 250 posts a week?


Damn, it takes me 2+ weeks to get to that point. Then again, I can't Fark at work.
 
2013-04-07 01:23:41 PM

SilentStrider: GAT_00: texdent: I see nothing about visiting such sites as
Fark
Tvtropes
Wikipedia
Notalwaysright.com

TvTropes doesn't minimize productivity. It utterly destroys it in an hours-long escapade into the irrevelancies of the Internet.

tvtropes is like crack. Once you get hooked, its impossible to stop surfing.
And if you're like me, editing.


I cannot let myself cross the editing line. That site already sucks up a good hour of my day, every day. More on weekends. Thank Bob I don't have kids.
 
2013-04-07 01:26:58 PM

texdent: I see nothing about visiting such sites as
Fark
Tvtropes
Wikipedia
Notalwaysright.com


I have never been to the last site you mentioned, and in looking for it just now, I accidentally typed "not always tight" into Google. For once, the links were worse than the images.

/apparently football players are not always tight
 
2013-04-07 02:01:53 PM

WhippingBoy: Wow. It's no wonder that the "snowflake generation" finds it so hard to get and keep a job.


No joke, I knew a guy who used to work for Microsoft who could do all his work in a day. So when his boss would come around, he'd be like "Well, why are we paying you to be here for 5 days?"

So he split his time between playing WoW and working, so that he could "justify" being at work/getting paid all week.

Also, if you keep jumping to conclusions like that, your knees are going to tear themselves apart. Just, in tatters.
 
2013-04-07 02:55:45 PM

Snakeophelia: I cannot let myself cross the editing line. That site already sucks up a good hour of my day, every day. More on weekends. Thank Bob I don't have kids.


Yeah, but I can't help it. I see a trope, I think "well this should be in it", and when it isn't, I have to add it.
 
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