much ado about nuthin'.
April 28, 2011 4:04 PM Subscribe
What do you do in your downtime in the office?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (30 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a freelancer for about 90% of my career in my current profession (this is a span of about 10 years). I'm currently a few days into a new 3 month contract working in a creative department for a global sportswear manufacturer—and I am hoping it will turn into a longer contract or, ideally, a full-time gig because it's a great company to work for and I really like my boss a lot. I want to impress him so that will happen. However, as with new people, and also probably because there's just some downtime right now in the department (and I realize there will be crazy manic times of non-stop work as well), I just haven't had a whole lot to do so far. I have been given a couple of small projects which I have finished rather quickly and I am told I will be given more…in the meantime though, I've spent the bulk of my days so far with nothing really to do, except cruise the internet, reading my email, the company's news/blog, the news, askme, and facebook.
I've asked both my boss and our Art Director a few times throughout the day if they have anything for me; I also ask the other two designers, but usually there's nothing. One reply from the Art Director was, "Oh, you can just chill for a bit until we get something for you." Except…what should I be doing? When I asked one of the other designers if he had anything I could help with, he said no, and that it was actually pretty slow for him right now as well since one of his projects got killed so he was just gonna be cleaning up his files and watching Youtube. I don't want to appear as though I'm purposely being unproductive by surfing the internets, but there's really nothing else for me to be doing. I'm especially self-conscious about it because the room our department is in is totally open, with no cubicles and my desk sits right outside my bosses office so he could look out his door and see exactly what is happening on my computer screen (the other departments screens face the window so no can see what they're doing).
When I got hired for this job, I was told that my boss really liked me and my work a lot, and I want to keep it that way, so what are your suggestions for what to do during downtime in the office?