Arrse and the work/life balance

#41
Ahh don't worry about it, I do pretty much the same except I constantly tell everyone I do the sum total of fook all on a daily basis other than 'wander around a bit'. People cant really handle the truth and don't know what to do when you point out that you wouldn't want your integrity questioning.
I look at it as training for retirement, with the rather irritating aspect that they insist on me being somewhere not doing anything for 8 hours a day when I could be doing all kinds of useful things.
Yes, that’s very much my policy. I generally announce my early departures around 4 with pride along the lines of “well ladies and gents, it’s been huge but I think I’ll draw stumps on another completely unproductive day now.” They used to stare in disbelief. Now I just see the look of - yeah, fúck off you old codger, your days are numbered.
 
#42
I’m jacking full time ( ish) work In August to do two days a week as a subbie and am going to go back into playing with aeroplanes partially for a living but mostly so as I will be doing something I enjoy and can take the girls with me on days out.
 
#43
Ahh don't worry about it, I do pretty much the same except I constantly tell everyone I do the sum total of fook all on a daily basis other than 'wander around a bit'. People cant really handle the truth and don't know what to do when you point out that you wouldn't want your integrity questioning.
I look at it as training for retirement, with the rather irritating aspect that they insist on me being somewhere not doing anything for 8 hours a day when I could be doing all kinds of useful things.
Think I've mentioned it on here before but...

Since I went part time 3 years ago I've done very little on a weekly basis at work. I didn't do a great deal when I was full time for that matter but that's what being in a specialist niche gets you I suppose - busy bursts of activity for a very few days, then just pottering around until the next burst of activity.

I get into the office at 7 on a Tuesday, fire up the PC to find about 10 or so emails waiting for me. All but 2 or 3 are corporate nonsense/spam and get deleted without reading. The remainder either require no action or a reply. Said reply being either a quick "thank you" or something that requires a minor amount of effort. If I'm not done by 8:30 to 9-ish I'm having a busy week. I've recently discovered that I can access my work email account from home via Outlook 365, so I can check what awaits me before I get to the office, forewarned is forearmed.

The rest of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are spent waiting for something to come in and looking busy. I'm EXTREMELY good at looking busy. It's a regular occurrence on many days for me to do no work at all. The blokes I work for are often out at meetings or working from home, so most weeks for one or often two of the three days I'm Billy-no-mates. I still need to look busy for the other folks wandering about the office but just spend my time surfing or chatting via email with a lad I used to work with a few years ago - another one well developed in the art of being a wastrel, just like me.

No one ever asks me what work I've got on or what I'm doing. Yes, it can be boring but I'm getting paid for it and they all seem happy with me, so why worry.
 
#44
I find there is nothing more smugly satisfying on a cold, miserable morning looking out the kitchen windows at the rain doing side-way stair-rods & watching the rivers runs down the gutters as the poor wage slaves lean 4 sheets to the wind on their 7.30 starts, or try and whip some life into their totally fekked Astra etc shitboxes, to get to some effin minimum wage crap....while my toaster pops up and the Bialetti Moka gently bubbles away with delicious intent.

Mind you, I'd exchange the previous 40 years and do a few things a bit more differently....like telling most people to fuck off and make my own money.
 
#45
Think I've mentioned it on here before but...

No one ever asks me what work I've got on or what I'm doing. Yes, it can be boring but I'm getting paid for it and they all seem happy with me, so why worry.
Ever considered adding insult to injury, you workshy bugger....and seeing if they will sponsor you an Open Uni or summat? ;)
 
#46
Ever considered adding insult to injury, you workshy bugger....and seeing if they will sponsor you an Open Uni or summat? ;)
Open Uni - that sounds like it might involve some effort.

Are you mad?
 
#48
As long as kit goes in/out and I make sure no scum tries nicking anything the day is mine.
Apart from work awayday coming up or read it as company meeting/get very drunk on the company.
We get left alone to carry on the logistics work.

Only other time I worked less was as a Civil Servant in a job that needed 2 people but 6 were employed!
That's why I liked the RAF as so laid back it was ridiculous!
 
#49
I am retired so the day is mine. Every day

The majority of Arrsers on this site are retired, or between jobs, resting, tossing it off, or minted and don't have to work, anywaysup, worrying about what will happen in the distant and dim future does you no favours, the bus pass and free medical care will creep up on you faster that you could imagine. If you are that worried, pay into a private pension, or a short term endowment, as for getting the mods to reference you, not a good move, as they have never met you, haven't a clue who you are, and any future prospective employer will want to know why you wasted your time on Arrse, and were not trying to find gainful employment. Look to the present, the future will look after itself.
 
#51
Since contracting my services out to big pharma, I do bugger all but cash the cheque. Occasionally between either riding (horse not motorbicycle), skiing/hiking (season dependant) I might find the time to see a patient or two.
 
#52
Today I particularly enjoyed a colleague complaining that they'd been stuck on a 12 week action plan for not doing enough of on particular job.
The fact that they were detached on other areas stopped her doing the minor job in the first place (and realistically she's only got 6 weeks out of the 12 weeks where it'd even be possible - ignoring the other abstractions which means she cant even do those) was glossed over by Mismanagement.
Being supportive I turned round and pointed out that I do nothing daily, and tell the idiots in charge when asked that I do nothing and just get left alone.
 
#53
It amazes me that any of the large corporates manage to survive. I know a few folks who do work for them and most are just passing the time till their pension kicks in. Seems a sad way to waste a life. One guy enjoys an hour long lunch break then goes and has a coupe of hours kip in his car in the parking garage. Nobody has yet twigged to his absence. If anybody happens to call he asks where they are then claims to be on the other side of the terrain in a meeting, puts down phone and finishes his siesta.
 

StBob072

LE
Book Reviewer
#54
Talking of references, a pushy lady at my late mother's care home has been pestering me to volunteer and get references.

I called today and was asked "would you like to speak to Jan?"

I had the exquisite pleasure of saying "I'd rather deal with Rommel, thank you".

(" Rommel " being the first name of the charming Filipino manager).
 
#55
It amazes me that any of the large corporates manage to survive. I know a few folks who do work for them and most are just passing the time till their pension kicks in. Seems a sad way to waste a life. One guy enjoys an hour long lunch break then goes and has a coupe of hours kip in his car in the parking garage. Nobody has yet twigged to his absence. If anybody happens to call he asks where they are then claims to be on the other side of the terrain in a meeting, puts down phone and finishes his siesta.
A role model for us all, dusty in here...
 
#56
Talking of references, a pushy lady at my late mother's care home has been pestering me to volunteer and get references.

I called today and was asked "would you like to speak to Jan?"

I had the exquisite pleasure of saying "I'd rather deal with Rommel, thank you".

(" Rommel " being the first name of the charming Filipino manager).
Not Abbeyfield is it?
My Mum @85 volunteers at a local one her Uncle was in, Mum is older than most residents!
 
#57
SWMBO is a few years younger than me and is carrying on working, so I'll be a house husband for awhile.
This is a boon.
Wedding the ever young Mrs.B&B 42 years ago, was
the best part of my retirement plan.
 

Boris_Johnson

ADC
Moderator
DirtyBAT
#60
I am finding it increasing difficult to reconcile the work/life balance, particularly fitting the work bit in. I find I’m spending more and more time at work calculating when I can afford to retire and when I’m not doing that, I’m either eying up the inappriately young tush in Supply Chain, organizing next weekend or on Arrse. I rarely go on Arrse after work as it impinges on my free time when I have better things to do. We are coming up for evaluations at work so my question is, would a moderator be willing to write an appraisal of my admittedly limited contribution to Arrse for my employer so that it could be included in my annual evaluation? Otherwise I have really very little to justify coming into work for the past year.
Are you my bruvva from another muvva?

Like you, I tend to spend large parts of my day calculating retirement scenarios. For now until then, I work purely to finance my weekends and holidays. And similarly, I rarely post during my leisure time.

Not sure how old you are, but if you're not already aware, they're changing the private pension rules for drawdown in 2026 from 55 years old to 57 years old (minimum age).

That was a kick in my spooge-sacks I tell you.

If I'm still alive, I may still bang out at 55 anyway, since that's when the Army pension jumps up.

I'm also way behind on blue pins vs pink pins battle too on our world map canvas (yes I'm a sad cunt) so travel has become a priority as I approach middle-age.

...who'd have thunk it - having been to all the shitholes the Army sent me to, in amongst the lads holidays, taking my nipper abroad, work trips etc, I'd be "out-travelled" by my civvy girlfriend? And she's off again in September too.

That reminds me, anyone fancy a long weekend to somewhere cheap and grotty in September? I'm 3 pins behind and fucked if I'm gonna let her win.
 

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