leaving early

@seen7560 (238)
China
February 9, 2007 10:43am CST
Is is unprofessional of me (a temporary in an office that's not busy...EVER) to ask to leave early when I've had nothing to do? Sometimes I just sit for a couple of hours, and it just doesn't seem productive at all. I always make a point of asking for more work, but sometimes there just isn't any. I just graduated college and am still getting a feel for what is acceptable in the workplace. I don't want to seem uninterested or unprofessional (and I only leave about 1-2 hours early, not at noon), and I'd like some opinions!
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@soldenski (2504)
• United States
9 Feb 07
If you are getting paid by the hour, I don't see why it would look bad on you to ask to leave once your work is done. On the other hand, you can get paid for doing nothing. I know that is boring, and sound's unprofessional, but maybe you could use that free time to clean your desk area, read up on the company you work for.
@skyblade (483)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Are you exempt or non-exempt? If you are non-exempt then if you leave early you won't get paid for the whole day. I don't think its unreasonable to leave early if you are exempt and there is no work for you to do. Although, I would be a bit concerned about my job security if there was a continuing pattern of no work to do.