(Closed) Anybody else feel like this about work?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was just having this conversation on like tuesday! So frustrating! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Out of curiosity, what would happen if for a week you did do all that work. Would your co-workers resent you? Maybe no one lives up to their potential in certain workplaces because of that?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@QueenOfSerendip:  Ha. 

Yeah. It goes back and forth. Some weeks I wonder wtf I’m doing with my life, and then a really busy project will hit us and I don’t have time to think about anything else but getting it done. I like it, it’s like a weird balance between productivity and total waste of time. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@QueenOfSerendip:  Are you one of my coworkers? I know exactly how you feel. To be honest in my dept. it’s because there are pretty low standards. Our boss doesn’t seem to expect much, and innovation is discouraged by some of the more veteran employees. So I sit at my desk and waste time like all the others, following the status quo of succeeding at meeting the very minimal expectations set.

This is pretty pathetic in my opinion and I would love to get out of here and be challenged. But right now the company gives me $1000 a semester to work on my Master’s degree, and my job is so easy I can do homework at my desk during the day and so flexible. I think I’m staying put until I graduate next summer.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Definitely!

I have about two days every two weeks where I am busy all day long but for the most part, it’s around an hour of work every day.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s been that sort of week for me.  I feel like i only need to be here like 2 hours a day but if they get wind of that I can kiss my job good bye.  I think a lot of people procrastinate and pretend to be busier than they are for that reason.  That being said, my job really is busy most of the time but when we get hit with a dry spell it seems like my position is useless.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@QueenOfSerendip:  I was just thinking about writing a thread about working in a small office. I accomplish no real work as nothing is pressing. I could technically work from home, but I guess this is a plus for the boss. 

 

I work for a plumber who is on the field along with Darling Husband (he works here too). So, I basically sit around and schedule appointments when the calls are coming in. Other than that, what else is there to do? Nothing. Haha. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@CMSnails:  Sometimes I wonder what’s the point? The employees who sit on their bums all day and do the bare minimum keep getting their raises and have stellar annual reviews. Why excel and go above and beyond for the exact same reward as them? I hate that I think this way, trust me, but it goes through my head and I would bet my paycheck that’s why others in this dept. don’t work to their potential.

Also as I mentioned before, any innovative work is pretty immediately squashed by those who have been here 25+ years.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@QueenOfSerendip:  that’s why I recently took on a second position at the same place. It’s just so dull. Maybe I should be more lazy about my job like the rest of my co-workers. They come in whenever they feel like it, have a full breakfast in the cafeteria, finally get started between 10 and 11, then complain that they’re backed up at the end of the day. Meanwhile I’m the sucker who always gets there on time (7am) or earlier, starts working right away, gets everything done, and then sits there doing nothing for the next 6 hours. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Sometimes I feel like that, but sometimes I feel like we don’t have enough people.  I think the work/busy times come in waves.  I guess I do feel that way about *certain* people (that I could just do their job), but not about my department/team as a whole.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Also — for the record, I want to stay busy!! I enjoy rewarding myself with things at the end of the day like taking time to play a game I enjoy, or sitting on the bee. Unfortunately, I have way too much time. I’m bored. I’m not interested lol. 

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