Working in an Office?

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

sarathemermaid :  

I’m not in hr, I’m in finance and I have my own office. I’ve noticed that I have a lack of work to do at the same time each month. A day or so with nothing to do is ok, but I was sooooo bored this time around. Like… refreshing the bee constantly, hoping for the drams!

I think I work better under a bit of pressure. But after day three of being bored, I went to my manager and told her I needed work to do, that it happens around the same time each month. We are shifting some work around our team and I told her I think the work is unbalanced and that I can take things on.

It took her another day or so but I have things to work on which means the days go by quicker, I don’t feel guilty for not doing any work, and I’m less agitated at work!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Sansa85 :  Are you me? In the same job? lol I also work in finance and it’s super cyclical. During month/quarter end, forecast/budget I’m reaaaaally busy, working long hours beating the deadline…BUT during the slow times (I would say on averages 1-2 weeks per month) there are days, even weeks at a time where I’m not doing anything. I used to feel really weird about it and would create jobs for myself like improvements on the existing models and what not, but there’s only so much upkpee you can do. I talked to my manager and he adviced me to take it easy when slow, since I make up for it during the busy times. So I just accepted it and run personal errands, work from home, take 4 hour lunches, browse the Bee, wedding plan etc without trying to feel guilty. I do wish it was more balanced though. I always wondered what it was like for others in the same field.

sarathemermaid :  Does your job require you to be present at the office even during those time you’re not recruiting? Is there any type of flex system?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

KittensBee :  

aaaaaaahhhhh budgets!! I wasn’t on here for an entire month due to budgets 😂

Definitely cyclical.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

sarathemermaid :  That’s awesome! Yeah for me too, the flexibility during the slow times more than make up for the busy times. It’s super cliche but I whole heartedly believe in “work hard play hard” and I like being able to fucus on one at a time, lol. Congrats on the new job bee!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

sarathemermaid :  I work in IT Project Management, and the workload is definitely cyclical depending on the time of month. But I’m also studying my second Bachelor degree part time (which work is sponsoring me to do), so I’m able study in my downtime. Not the biggest fan of working in an office – esp ’cause I work in the CBD of Perth and I hate the commute (can’t complain too much though, it’s 45 mins door to door). But I have sweeping views of the river from my desk which makes it more pleasurable. 

I worked for a period in agency recruiting. It’s a tough game – be SUPER thankful you’re able to stay in recruiting (which I loved), but without the stress of targets (which I despised). Then again, I worked in Hospitality recruitment in a city which is very driven by high paying public service jobs – no one wanted wait tables for $20ph when receptionists were getting $60k pa #Canberra. Those 3 month placement guarantees were a freaking killer. Found myself working for free 50% of the time. FML haha. But I had a wonderful team. Only left because the pay cut was huuuuge going from Restaurant Management to agency recruiting (30% less), and the commission was never coming in because of well, placement guarantees. It was not financially viable for me. I even wrote a short-lived blog about it! Let me know if you’d like to read it, and I’ll PM you a link haha.

But yeah, 3 years on I’m now in IT Project Management. Go figure

Post # 10
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Worker bee

sarathemermaid :  my company is structured different than most, so while I’m a corporate recruiter I’m not part of the HR team, I’m part of the regional management/sales team. I have my own office and I have a lot of pressure to hit certain numbers in terms of how many people I recruit and how long it takes to do so. It’s a rough market so it can get a bit frustrating, and also a bit boring since I don’t have enough candidates to keep me busy. I am assigned random reports to update, which I hate… excel is my enemy lol. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I work for a very large insurance company, and I’m in the office almost daily. My work is very heavy leading up to quarter dates (Jan 1, April 1, etc) but it ebbs and flows a lot in between. I have weeks where I work 60 hours and weeks where I probably only need to work 20. It’s a salaried position, so I can come and go as I please for the most part, which is nice. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I work in an office and the workload ebbs and flows- Obviously it’s a downtime— hence be being very active on the bee!

For me, the beginning and end of the month are extremely busy and I have been known on occassion to literally RUN through the office- ha ha.

For the most part though it’s all dependent on whether or not my clients show up to their appointments. If they all show up I am swamped. If they don’t, I am bored. With the clients I serve (low income, difficult to serve clients) they frequently don’t show up.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I work in a public assistance office in a pretty small county. I would say our work load ebbs and flows throughout the day but I enjoy the downtime for the most part. I am front office so all of our clients go through me before they are passed on to someone else. Days with several local office appointments are nice because they keep me busy without stressing me out. 

elizabee17 :  Our offices sound very similar! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

sarathemermaid :   I work at home two days a week and three in office. Used to be full time in office.

I have a LOT of down time regardless of my location, though. I get things done pretty quickly. But mostly work comes based on the time of the year. I only get busy April-June and September-November. Then I am slow. 

Looking for a new role within my company because the dead time, although nice, just seems not challenging and not developmental anymore. I essentially feel like I am cheating myself just sitting here with nothing going on all day.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Not in HR but I work in higher ed and I have my own office. It really depends on the time of the semester, but I do tend to have a lot of downtime. Now that we’re moving into summer, it’s going to get pretty slow. They actually cut us down to part-time hours in the summer (with full salary) because there’s just not that much to do. Now, there are times when I’m absolutely slammed and can barely fit 10 minutes in to eat lunch, as well. But I’d say, on average, I have about 2-3 hours of nonbusy time out of an 8 hour day.

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