Getting Fired for Goofing off at Work

Getting Fired for Goofing off at Work

You never think it will happen to you but everybody does it. Everybody wastes time and goofs off at work and it could ultimately lead to your untimely change of career. The average worker wastes over 2 hours a day surfing the Internet, chatting with co-workers and running personal errands. Is this News.Com Article it becomes quickly apparent that workers are spending too much time at work with nothing to do.

Perhaps it is time to implement shorter work weeks with less hours per day at work. Obviously workers have too much time at work to waste. The real reason may come down to "face time" where workers need to be present in case there is a problem or a manager needs something. This tends to be the real reason for the hours spent at work. However it seems like technology could easily solve these problems if we could get past the social barriers that still require "face time".

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Comment ringtones free

Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:11 pm MST by

Comment when you say it like that it makes a lot of sense

Wed Apr 5, 2006 1:53 pm MST by bob stevens

Comment I know I'm off topic but today is the best day as she has said

Mon Apr 3, 2006 3:45 pm MST by tim smith

Comment I goof off way too much at work. Usualy it's because of confrontation with blocking things, like searching to long to find a problem or solution. An overload of tasks/requests which makes me loose complete track of all. Too much coffee to be able to sit still. Super boring work or interesting (non-work or non-task related) conversations going on in my area in which I just have to give my opinion. I don't browse much, and I don't email much or chat too. The other things are enough to kill 2 hours a day easily.. And because I'm stuck with a rather big conscience, I tend to work late often to make up for it... P.S. And I'm not american.. at all.. :-P

Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:17 pm MST by Shabee

Comment Here are a couple of other things that are bad for you too. 1. Changing paradygms. 2. Drinking the kool aid at a meeting where business developers are present. 3. Falling for the "everyone please send HR a fresh copy of your resume to update your files" ploy 4. Trying to calm down a frantic coworker that is freaking out for a very minuscule thing without at least some caffeine courage. 5. Drinking the last cup in the coffee urn. I can promise you this: it will taste like boiled crap. 6. Eating that last donut from the meeting 3 days ago. The Krisky Kreme box has not moved from the coffee pot table and that one donut looks tempting as hell, but trust me: you don't want it. 7. Come-to-Jesus meetings for a project that is not yours. 8. Any brainstorming meeting involving your newly hired business developer, especially since you don't have a formal "business development" function. 9. Trying to explain to a frantic coworker that is not crazy and it is not ignoring rules. 10. Trying to explain the same coworker that classifying mail as "ham" helps the filter learn what makes a good email and avoids false positives.

Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:57 pm MST by Johnny

Comment perhaps we as the American working force know that ultimately the powers that be will not look out for our best interest, and so whats a couple of hours of pay back a day... right Enron ?

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:32 pm MST by Anonymous

Comment boredom at work doesn't have much to do with the workload, but I do find that I goof off more if I have more work to do...leading to procrastination...why do work, when I can have fun now?!

Mon Oct 3, 2005 11:13 am MST by Anonymous

Comment What you see and judge is not always what's happening. 2 hours. I will always side with the worker, not the Sith management's idea of what's going on. Why give the powerful more power?

Thu Aug 4, 2005 10:32 am MST by meltycrayon

Comment Perhaps it's that the american work force is LAZY. I CERTAINLY do NOT have 2 hours a day to waste doing email, net surfing and personal errands. Work is for just that.. WORK. No wonder US companies ship stuff overseas. They can get the same lousy work output for less then half the price.

Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:10 pm MST by Anonymous

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