How have you skived whilst working from home

I have been working from home for some time now - at first I was working to a target so if I smashed out my required rate I could kick back and read a book.
Then I moved to another department on a promotion - at first ran off my feet, so working until 7pm with no overtime some evenings. Changed job slightly and now it is all chill. And as I work from a laptop it is cheers easy as I can move around the house.

As long as I keep an eye on my inbox and deal with anything that comes in that is needed I can crack on with more fun stuff. So far in the past couple of months I have:

Played way too much Assassins Creed - Valhalla
Watched a lot of porn - with attendant activities.
Read books
Watched 3 concerts on youtube
watched about a fair few ‘normal’ films. Well sort of normal - ’The warmest colour is blue’ and ‘Mulholland Avenue’ were amongst them.
Listened to a lot of podcasts
Worked out at home
Made a pizza base for that evening
Made a pot of broccoli and Stilton soup
Bought ton of crap online/amazon and had it delivered - next up is a kayak

Oh and of course read a lot of ARRSE and put up a fair few comments.


I have just assembled a side table, delivered earlier today (ordered whilst ‘working‘ last week) whilst in virtual team meeting - it was one where I knew I only had to listen so could multi-task. So far I have resisted the temptation to call on one of my, erm, ’special female friends’ to come over and crawl under the desk whilst I am on a video call in my study but giving it real thought now.

Has anyone else been guilty of misusing work time so much as I have?
Uuuummmmm, I don't know very many people who 'work from home' who do much in the way of productive work!
 
I have been working from home for a few years, thanks to a medical condition, there is no problem getting a bit of a skive in whilst keeping the productivity up by hammering a lot of work first thing and saving it to close as and when it is required. My productivity is as high as everyone else in the team.

Teams calls are not on cam so just listen in and every now and then chuck a few words in to ensure you are active within the team.
 
Uuuummmmm, I don't know very many people who 'work from home' who do much in the way of productive work!

Depends on the job, the more technical it is the harder it is to actually work solidly for hours, you can't concentrate for that long anyway and in office you'd go off to make a coffee and have f2f meetings to hide the issue, as your productivity would be toast anyway

WFH is more honest, you're measured on productivity not how much you are seen to be working
 
I've been WFH since lockdown started last March. I'm paid for 20 hours a week, full days Tuesday, Wednesday and then up to lunchtime on Thursday.

I reckon I've actually worked, on average, no more than an hour or two a week the whole time. A 20-30 minute weekly Teams meeting, where everyone lies and says they are VERY busy, then I'm just sat there surfing, waiting for the occasional email to land that needs a response. Said response usually taking no more than 5-10 minutes to sort out. I get more corporate spam emails than ones that require something other than just hitting the delete button.

Frankly I spend more time chatting to a mate on Teams each week than doing the dreaded W word.

It's a hell of a shock to the system on the, thankfully rare, occasions when I actually have to do something for a few hours. That happens about once every 4 months or so. I've certainly never come anywhere close to working for the time I'm paid for on a weekly basis.

Engages smug mode
There've been many, many days this last year where I haven't done a single stick of work
Disengages smug mode

Marvellous way to wind down to retirement June/July time. Could I do that for years on end though? No, you need something to keep you going besides ARRSE and porn when you're young. Hard as that might be to believe. TF I'm an old fart.
 
I'm jealous, would love to work from home.
Now there’s a thing. Mrs R and I work for the same organisation (Local Government). I have to go in; Mrs R has been told to stay home.
I go in, do stuff, and go home.
Mrs R sees emails and stuff, and feels she has to deal with them. At home, for over a year now. Sunday’s, leave days etc.
Singleton post, etc, before anyone asks.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
Lazy bastards. I went to work, healing the sick, rummaging up old men’s arses finding prostates like oranges and piles like swinging purple maracas.
 
Lazy bastards. I went to work, healing the sick, rummaging up old men’s arses finding prostates like oranges and piles like swinging purple maracas.

Surely you could WFH rummaging up old men's arses finding prostates
 
Self employed HGV driver me.

I've been flat out busy. Several major companies told their staff that if they had the slightest suspicion they were carrying the dreaded lurgy they should take 2 weeks full time sick pay, which they all took advantage of. Pay rates jumped nicely and I've taken full advantage but they're back to normal now.

All good things come to an end.

To be fair Mrs A suggested that I use my spare time productively seeing as the pub has been shut. Learn Italian maybe? Take up the piano? I've done nothing of the sort except grow a moustache.
 
Lazy bastards. I went to work, healing the sick, rummaging up old men’s arses finding prostates like oranges and piles like swinging purple maracas.
And you got paid to rummage up old men's arses as well.
Does that make you a rent boy?
 
I've been key workering on the motorway behind sunglasses on observation platforms. Work from home? No ta, I'd have to do housework.
 

ThunderBox

On ROPS
On ROPs
I had to manage my Steam settings as I logged on one morning and it seems my boss had done the same, ‘your boss’ is playing Rust which he mast have received ’your employee’ is playing DSP.
 

HCL

LE
Always have a couple of pieces of work that you've already done, or a long email outlining why you think x is a good idea, or bad idea.

Then when you feel a bit guilty about doing feck all send out one of pre-prepped pieces of work, or send out an e-mail saying you've been thinking about x, what's everyone else's view. Then 1/2 day later send out your prepared draft on the virtues, or not, of x

Don't forget to make use of Outlook's 'do not send before' option to send it out at some hour to show that you've been at your lappy since 07:00 and are still there at 19:00

Don't forget to create a new file and copy n paste the previous file contents a couple of hours/days prior, else the date/time stamp will be in purple.
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
The majority of my work is running training sessions for the software we create.
It's all on teams at the moment.
Often clients would rather only have a half hour lunch (we have an hour scheduled )
I'm rather good at this (I wrote our online training and I'm the only trainer who is capable of training all the entire system. Our new trainer can't cope without a script and can't/won't improvise according to the client's needs) so I can get any session finished early without skipping anything.
I leave the teams session open until after 4 so I look busy, then take my remaining lunch break, oh it's almost 5...

In the event that I'm not in the sheffice (shed office) I take the company phone or tablet with me with teams and outlook running just in case.

During this whole pandemic I'm the only trainer for this company who wasn't furloughed (the other two spent at least a year off between them) I've trained more people and made more income for the company than any trainer has ever done for the business. (For the third year running)
We've exceeded the budgeted (pre pandemic) training income and that doesn't take into account the upselling of modules/licences that frequently happens during courses.

I think taking some time off to put the slow cooker or bread maker on or just to sit in the garden with a brew is justified. I'm not letting any of the management team know though.
 
Work from home? No ta, I'd have to do housework.

Always impresses me how men with spouses / partners allude to this issue.
She wanted to divorce, not me, but after the fact, I felt as if I'd just had my life handed to me on a silver platter.

Oh regarding working from home - yes, it was a blast (full pay with less than an hour of work a day on average). I'd usually go in to the workplace every other day just to keep things squared away and help out when necessary. Things have been getting back to normal here so that ended on 5th April - and feels great to be back at work with the rest of the lads and some regular kind of daily structure. It now feels as if it was all a bad-ish dream.
 
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theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
The only downside I have to working from home is, erm. Nope. Nothing.
Actually not strictly true, visiting client sites and training in person is easier. We also have a shite phone forwarding system.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Lazy bastards. I went to work, healing the sick, rummaging up old men’s arses finding prostates like oranges and piles like swinging purple maracas.
Everyone needs a hobby.
 

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