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KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
8/6/14 9:19 P

This is NOT acceptable at my work place

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
8/6/14 8:11 P

I was a Technical Writer before I retired because of illness. A Technical Writer is the person in charge of computer documentation and writing technical documents.

As a Technical Writer, part of my job IS to surf the net looking for info to write those documents. But occasionally, I will be on social media when things get a little quiet, which is not often.

My policy is not to plagiarize other works, but to do research and come up with original material of my own. This requires a LOT of research and thinking and writing, of course.

Sadly, my boss didn't see things my way and actually asked me to plagiarize! I also had 2 week or even 1 week deadlines all the time! I had to leave because of all the stress, the nasty colleagues and because the office was moving to the Multimedia park very far away!

KRILL14 SparkPoints: (52,899)
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8/6/14 7:32 P

When the jobs in my department were being outsourced to India and I didn't have a full work load I didn't want to look like I wasn't doing anything so I started searching up coworkers at other offices. When I ran out of coworkers to look up I looked up an old boyfriend. I could tell by the website that he was single so I contacted him. We dated in the late 60s and early 70s and reconnected in 2010 and I have been dating him ever since. That was the only good thing about my job being outsourced!

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
8/6/14 12:44 P


BARBZUMBA SparkPoints: (14,368)
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8/6/14 11:29 A

Most of the time my boss is out of the office. When it is slow, I play online games at Big Fish or browse Skinny Mom's Kitchen for diet tips and recipes.

RUKIDDINGME123 SparkPoints: (39,606)
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8/6/14 10:04 A

Are they hiring? LOL

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (317,332)
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8/5/14 10:42 P

I am retired and never had a job with time to mess around

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (578,213)
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8/5/14 9:16 P

When I had time at work before I retired, I usually just read a book.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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8/5/14 4:26 P


I used to work for a company where the president (part owner) surfed the web every single day.

Everyone does it from CEOs to the mailroom guys. There is not a working person out there who hasn't surfed when things got a little quiet. And that doesn't mean we're not taking initiative during those down times either.

Most companies will tolerate a certain amount of surfing as long as it doesn't interfere with the person's work load.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/5/2014 (16:28)
CJGODESS101 SparkPoints: (30,781)
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8/5/14 4:10 P

Before everyone goes crazy on me, yes I do work during the day. I have been in my current position for over 2 years and for the last 2 years have consistently asked for more work to fill in the gaps. One of my direct supervisors is a micro-manager and likes to do everything himself. The other manager is really good at giving me things to do.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
8/5/14 3:50 P

Reddit- vast amount of different topics to explore
Open Library- read books for free
Duolingo- learn a language

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,456
8/5/14 3:38 P

I would be livid, as an employer, if my employees were actively seeking websites. How about working? Any job I ever worked always had something I could be doing.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (83,977)
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8/5/14 3:37 P

Why don't you ask your Boss if you can sign up for some Continuing Education Online Classes....and get their approval FIRST to use the downtime in a constructive manner!! Some employers will even pay for this.....!! Anything work-related would be appropriate; First Aid; or even a Second Language like Spanish or American Sign Language....

PS: I understand that some jobs really DO have downtime: my son worked an evening Customer Service Job at a Call Center---if no one called in requesting help, there really was legitimate "downtime"....

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 8/5/2014 (15:41)
ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,297
8/5/14 3:22 P

Look on job seeking sites, and find a job where you work and your time will just fly sitting around looking on line for entertainment.

SANDICANE Posts: 3,400
8/5/14 2:53 P

Websites to pass the time at work!!!! What about WORKING!!!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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8/5/14 2:30 P

Not that work is ever boring. LOL.

the Daily Mail (it's a UK website, but they post all sorts of news from across the globe).

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
8/5/14 2:26 P

Reddit. Good source of "everything" from serious news to funny-cat-pictures.

CJGODESS101 SparkPoints: (30,781)
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8/5/14 2:11 P

I have had a lot of downtime at work recently and have exhausted my normal internet sites. What do you read online when you are bored? After Sparkpeople of course.

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