(Closed) what do you do when you get bored at work?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
221 posts
Helper bee

Its rare that I’m not busy at work, but if it happens, I straighten up my desk and prepare for when I’m busy/help coworkers. I always ask if there’s anything I can do to help if I have nothing going on. 

Post # 3
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I usually have something I can do. If I get bored I go work in the field or flex the rest of the day (go home).

Post # 4
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m a bartender. I make up new drinks. I’m also a first grade teacher. I don’t get bored in that job. 

Post # 5
46609 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

aquastar:  Unlike you, we are actually encouraged to surf the net when we are not busy. consequently, I spend time on WeddingBee.

Post # 6
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Having worked office jobs and loathing doing nothing, I am that annoying person wandering around asking if there’s anything I can help with.  Even if they do stuff over my head, maybe they need copies made or a new pen or a binder from the supply closet.  And I never cared that it might get me laid off or let go… I am miserable not doing SOMETHING.

I’d organize the supply room/closet/area, fill printer paper, empty the shredder, clean the break room… I didn’t care as long as I had something to do.

You do have a point that if you offer your self up for extra you could bet bombarded but that’s countered by knowing your workload and limits.  If you’re going to offer to help when you aren’t busy you will have people coming to you for help.  You have to be able to say “No, I’m sorry, I really can’t take that on right now.” or “Sorry, normally I’d love to but I’m really swamped right now.”.

So far those attitudes have gotten me recognition of a hard worker and helping out plus promotions that wouldn’t normally have happened for someone in my position(s).

I’d love to say I’m a go getter… but darn, I just really hate being bored at work and don’t like to goof off at work if I can help it. 🙂

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