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There's got to be more to your working day than loafing around the internet, says tfi049113. How do you fill those long, empty desperate hours?

(, Thu 8 Jan 2009, 12:18)
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A friend of mine, Huw, was made redundant last year while working for BT's corporate 1st line support.

Because his department dealt with BT's major business customers, the team was always overstaffed in case a server error occurred which would result in carnage. However, this was an extremely rare occurrence, so the average day for Huw would involve maybe one or two customer enquiries, filling out a ticket for each which would be passed to 3rd line, totalling roughly 15-20 minutes of actual work a day. The challenge was attempting to while away the other 7+ hours a day by playing online games and spinning in his chair going "WOOOooooooooooooooWOOOOOooooooooooooooo".

So it was that, after 4 years in the job, an internal auditor turned up to witness that they were employing a dozen or so people (on admittedly poor wages) to do practically bugger all. This resulted in the amalgamation of tech support departments, and the team's inevitable termination.

Huw accepted his fate gracefully: "I had a feeling it was coming when I overheard the auditor asking, 'would it be fair to say you could train a monkey to perform this role?' while I was spinning in my chair."
(, Tue 13 Jan 2009, 9:17, closed)

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