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Do You Work Less When You Can Get Away With It?

I have a good friend who will occasionally send me an email asking if I'd like to go to a long lunch because her manager is out of the office, and it's "okay for her to slack off." This always shocks me because whether my boss is near or far I have a steady flow of work and a to-do list that needs to get checked off. Sure, I am more productive some days, but my boss doesn't micromanage my time. It's up to me to keep up momentum, and that's one of the main reasons I love my job. The idea of doing less work or developing techniques that make it look like you're working hard when you're not is fairly common. Fifty-eight percent of SavvySugar readers take off early when the boss is out, but do you work less when you can?

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luna08 luna08 7 years
Not really. I work hard consistently, every once in a while I "cruise" for a day if I'm not feeling well, but don't want to totally miss a day.
mek123 mek123 7 years
No, I'm with @insanitypepper, always deadlines. And I'm not reading this on Friday at work!!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
No, there are always deadlines to be met!
Advah Advah 7 years
Not really - I'm a PA so if I don't do my job, no one else will do it for me (sometimes it's nice, sometimes it sucks). Yep if my boss isn't here I might take a longer lunch break to meet up with a friend, but it doesn't change the fact that if I haven't finished my tasks for the day I'll have to stay late.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Here's the thing--my job is extremely unpredictable due to the fact that some days there are a lot of patients and some days there are not. When we have a 'slow day' and we finish our workups early, we are encouraged to leave early to save the company money (we're all hourly employees). But when we're busy, you can be sure that we work our tails off and even then we sometimes stay late to finish everything.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
ditto weffie! :P
weffie weffie 7 years
I'm reading this, aren't I? ;)
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