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Seven Ways to Get Away With Killing Time on Company Time
Have you ever been caught goofing off at your job?
That we all need to face. If you either work in an office or for yourself, you have a boss. Seems unfair if you own your own business, but I was taught in my early years in the newspaper business that customers, advertisers and subscribers were my bosses. That one face never changed for the entire 23 years I spent in this hectic business.
But in some instances we employees will butt heads with (a) boss and this is just part of the territory. No two bosses and employees are ever exactly the same. Yes, I know this from both sides of the argument. One day, I was a fine worker and the next day I was "called on the carpet," to answer a boss who was to me, a bit too picky over some insignificant issue such as why I never wore a suit and tie to work.
This was, giving (that) boss credit, a good question. But my answer which was more sensible than it was intelligent, "well, when I go into the darkroom to process the film, I do not want to get chemical spills on my suit and pants, so I wear these jeans and flannel shirt to work." I must have convinced him for he never made an issue out of my work wardrobe again.
There are those bosses
Who just seemingly love to catch employees at something they, the bosses deem against company policy or some other infraction. I agree with this thinking to a point. I was a boss at one time over another newspaper and I learned that if I did not trust my employees, they would not have trust for me. Simple fact, but true.
Sure there were times that "some" employees that were at this paper before I became the general manager somehow mystified me for I could not figure out how or who hired them in the first place. "These" employees were always late and offered lame excuses. Once I said kidding, "if you give me a colorful excuse for being two hours late, I will not have to let you go." That did not go over well with the slacker, but it was not my job to win a popularity contest. My job was to see that a paper was produced each week.
Things do change
Now that I am not working anymore, and I find myself on the other side of the fence between boss and employees, I wanted to "give back," something as sensitive people say today, that might benefit those good employees still on the job, but sometimes fall prey to temptation to gossip, goof-off and other clever ways of killing time while on the job.
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7.) Working and Goofing Off - - naturally are on opposite sides of the spectrum. If you have a tendency to goof off, well, do not worry. You are a normal employee. If you like to goof off, make sure that your job is caught up to where it won't hinder company progress. Always "look" busy when the boss walks through your area although you are not busy. Looks can say more than a windy explanation for your feet being up on your desk.
6.) Two Employees - - stealing a moment to share a big moment on last night's ballgame can be a bit risky for some companies will terminate employees for not "keeping their shoulders to the grindstone and their noses to the wheel," so do this. If you and your coworker are chatting about something that is not work-related and the boss shows up, instantly change your subject to a work-related topic. Example: "Hey, Bill, how about that pass Rodgers threw last night?" Bill: "Oh, yeah that was some, well, Tom, I see this project as a great way for our company to beat the competition." (See how "Bill" made that transition look easy?)
5.) Manila Folders - - are great for camouflage when you are wanting to steal a bit of rest on company time. But you have to do two things: one, fill the folder with papers that looks important and two, walk from department to department while looking inside the folder. No boss will dare interrupt you.
4.) Truth is Nice - - to get you some down time, but do not abuse this method or you might be fired. Just pop into the boss' office and say, "Hey, boss. Just wanted to kill a few minutes in your office where it's more peaceful. Those machines on the floor get to me." Many times, if you are a good employee, the boss will reply, "Yeah, Larry. Sit down and take a load off," but you only stay for around five minutes.
3.) Planning Ahead - - is a wise thing to do if you like to sneak a few minutes talking to your best buddy in the office. But do the planning at break time or lunch. Make a plan to meet somewhere and act as if you are doing research on a certain company-related project and this will give you and the close friend a few needed-moments to talk.
2.) Purposely Injuring Yourself - - is not that wise, but it may give you an entire day off that is if you do not have to go to the hospital. Now. This is a very complex tip, so pay attention. This tip is not for all employees. Just those who crave to kill time on company time. Learn how to take a fall like a Hollywood stuntman. You can find out how to fall on most search engines, so that is covered. Now when you "fall," do it while other employees are watching for they will witness you falling due to a wet floor (that you wet when you threw the water in your styrofoam cup you were carrying). Act like you are in so much pain that you can barely sit up. The company nurse will look at your injury and you act some more when she touches the "injured" area. Now you can expect to be sent home or have another employee take you home and you two can talk on the way there and while there. The employee who is good enough to take you home cannot leave right away. He or she will have to make sure that you are comfortable before they return to work. (Do you like this one?)
1.) Computer High-Jinks - - is an easy way for you and a few others to "chat" while working, but be extra careful for sometimes the company will have a "lock" or firewall installed in your chat/email program to prevent such antics.
Oh, there are more clever ways to kill time while at work, but I could not afford to give too much information away for you never know when (a) boss might be reading hubs like this.
Good night, Sydney, Australia.
© 2016 Kenneth Avery