Do Those Office Jobs Where People Do Almost Nothing Actually Exist?
In the office world, rumors persist about jobs where employees seem to do very little. This intriguing concept raises questions about productivity, job roles, and workplace dynamics. A user asked on a forum “Do those office jobs where people do almost nothing actually exist?”
Here are some responses he got!
RECEPTIONIST IN COMPANY
“I’m a receptionist and 95% of my time is playing games on the computer to look busy. Unless the admin gives me some project.”
DOOR GUARD FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE LAB
“In college, I worked as a door guard at the computer science lab. My job was checking IDs for 5 minutes at the beginning of a class, and then watching movies or playing games on my laptop for the next 1.5 hours.”
DMV IN GOVERNMENT JOB
“I worked my way up to it through government jobs not like that. I have an office where they give me stuff to do when they have it, which isn’t terribly often. Right now I am answering phones that angry parents call and I calm them down. I spend about 20% of my time on the phone. The rest of the time is mine.”
WORKS FROM HOME
“My son works for a pharmaceutical company and works from home. He works an average of 2 to 3 hours a day. But gets paid for 8. He fills in the rest of his day with video games.”
“I work from home, 4-8 hours a week depending on the workload for a full salary. Yeah, it’s definitely a thing, more since the pandemic.”
“I work as an administrative assistant and I wouldn’t say that I do nothing but I would say that when I am busy tends to fluctuate. What I mean is sometimes I do have days where I do some real work for a few hours and then the rest of the shift is kinda just sitting there.”
“Had a sales job like that. Pre-covid we got basically endless leads and made a couple of calls. Set 4-5 appointments for the week then drink coffee and play on my phone for the rest of the day. Only scheduled meetings from 10-1 on those days.”
“I work in sales support, and my day can pop off into a crap show at any given second. But I’m very quick in my day-to-day work. For the planned portion of my days, I usually finish 2 hours into my 9-hour shift.”
“I work in a graphic design company, and if I don’t have projects actively coming in, then I have nothing to do. And each project takes no more than half an hour max. So when it’s slow, I’m just browsing Reddit or watching TV shows”
“I work in corporate accounting. Aside from the first week of the month, I have about 1.5 hours of actual work to do each day. I really wish I could just leave early some days instead of killing time on Reddit and YouTube.”
COMPUTER LAB ASSISTANT
“I work in the computer lab at a university at night. We manage the computers in the lab and in most classrooms on campus. There is not a lot to do at night so I play games or teach myself something new at my desk.”
“I work as a claims admin for a small company. They pay me for my knowledge and availability to answer phone calls. Not because there’s 8hrs of work to do in a day. Mostly, I get my work done in the first two hours, have a couple of tasks I can’t do until the afternoon, and just hang out the rest of the time.”
SECRETARY FOR SCHOOL
“I know someone who is a secretary for the schools, plays games on her phone, etc for about 90% of the time. Other time is spent answering the phone, checking emails, filing stuff, and then dealing with an irate parent. The pay isn’t great but absolutely liveable.”
“Marketing manager that literally doesn’t do anything other than say, “we’re doing this for social media”, and that’s it. They don’t even make the content, they just tell me to make it. They spend their time going out to lunch for hours with friends and watching Netflix.”
WEB DEVELOPER AND SYSTEM ENGINEER
“My career has been split between web development and systems engineering. In systems engineer roles, I typically work 10% of the time after putting in a bit of automation and also monitoring, then the other 90% of the time I would play on Reddit, read The Onion, listen to music, play games, etc… In Web Dev roles, which I’m currently undertaking now, it’s more hands-on all the time.”
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