Milking the clock

@missybear (11393)
United States
January 7, 2010 5:08pm CST
I took a 2 hour early out today at work. It was kinda slow and I don't like to just sit around doing nothing.. Do you have the option to leave work early if it's not to busy or do you have to put in your hole day? Some places make you stay regardless of how busy it is and others rather have you leave. Luckily I have the option to do how ever I want to so every once in a while I leave a little early. It also helps that I can put in for paid time off.
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@PastorP (1173)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Hi missybear. Well, I am self-employed here and time off often means look for more work! It is good though you have the option to leave since that might help out in the long run for running errands. Btw, self-employed here in two ways -- minister and "other." I do various things under "other"--write, edit, tune pianos, fix, mow etc.
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@missybear (11393)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Sounds like you are a jack of all kinda trades.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
17 Jan 10
Unfortunately, I'm not working at the moment but when I do I tend to go for jobs (full-time at 37 and a half hours a week) that have what we call in the UK "flexi-time." There are core hours which must be obeyed (either an early start at 8am or getting in at 9.45am at the latest), then a lunch that ranges from 11.45am to 2pm, then the earliest I could finish was 4pm. However, if enough flexi-time is made up by coming in early a few times, having half an hour for lunch, then leaving at 5-ish, then a flexi-day can be taken. It was good for me when I had to commute by train to work as the times of these trains dictated the times I started and left work. This meant that I was never in debit with my time. I hope you followed all this, I'm even confusing myself!
@missybear (11393)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I think I understand, they started that back home a couple years ago were my mom was working. She used up her flex time to leave a little early on her Fridays. I never worked at a place were they do that.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
22 Feb 10
I haven't had the chance to thank you for my Best Response so I shall thank you now. It's much appreciated.
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Missybear, You're lucky enough to do it. In times like yours, we need to keep up with the 8 hour policy or else you need to file it as undertime. you need to keep yourself busy until it's time for off work. so i make used of the time and make myself productive by searching for related literature on health. i also advance some of the things that i need to do for a scheduled training. so no reason not to stay behind and do nothing hehehe. our supervisor used to make rounds and visit us and even check what's on our monitor screen--funny but true!
@missybear (11393)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I try to do extra cleaning when it's slow but sometimes I just rather not.
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jan 10
if you feel that way my friend...you made the right decision of just leaving the office and go home. at least you feel good about it than stress out yourself not doing anything right? i hope we can do that too --that easy. but don't make this a habit friend okay? hahahahaha!
• United States
19 Jan 10
as closing manager I dont have the option of leaving early my employees can go as soon as their work is done if I dont have anything else for them which I normally dont
@missybear (11393)
• United States
20 Jan 10
What a nice boss
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Hi missybear! I have to stay my full eight hours even if I am not busy. I can split my vacation days into a half if I like and take half the day off now and the other half later if I like though. I like that about my vacation days. I can't stand to be without anything to do either..I am thinking of everything I need to be doing at home or here or there..lol..I guess I should be thankful for the slower days but sometimes they do drive me crazy.
@missybear (11393)
• United States
8 Jan 10
It's hard for me to be bored. Other people sit around and watch TV, talk and take it easy. I much rather go home and do all that stuff there
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Jan 10
It doesn't look like my day at work. I have to stay at work no matter what. In the other hand I always have something to do. I wish!
@missybear (11393)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I'm doing housekeeping and there is really always something to do but sometimes I don't feel like doing all that scrubbing when were slow. I rather go home
@bounce58 (17449)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
We do nine hour days at work. That's because we get every other Friday off. If I come in at 7:30, I am still expected to leave at 4:30. But if it is a slow day, I usually just take long lunches. Sometimes, I drive around just to clear my mind. Or sometimes I just go into malls, and walk around and observe the people shopping. And when I go back to work, even if it is slow, the day wouldn't seem long anymore.
@missybear (11393)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Sounds like a good job and I like the schedule too. It would be nice having a 3 day weekend every other week.