questionswhat percentage of the day do you actually work?

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72%

well, 71% now that i've answered this question.

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Maybe 15%. Some weeks it's close to 100%, but spring is my slow time and I am really fast at my work so I can jam it out in an hour or two a day right now. My goal for today is to write ten contracts, I wrote five in an hour and expect to write the other five before lunch.

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I probably work about 1.5 hours of my 8 hour day, so maybe 20% on a good day. But when there's work to be done, I'm generally happier.

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depends on definitions of working. as in paid work: 0 (i am unemployed). as in stuff that really needs to be done: depends on how i feel that day.

being lazy is fun

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I'd say 90% of my work day. I'm cursed(?) with an old-fashioned work ethic.

Ironically, the generalization is that state employees are slackers. The vast majority of my coworkers are hard workers. On the other hand, there are always a few . . .

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0 now that I'm laid off. Hope to pick the contract back up on a month or so.

Then it depends on the work they hand me.

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Thank you for asking this question. I've been curious about this for a long time. Even asked how many people work from home. ...Thinking the ability to get on line, woot, check FB, etc. would be easier & more tempting.

I'm frankly amazed at the number of people who do this. Back in the Dark Ages when I was employed we did not have computers (pc's) at our desks, no cell phones, etc. IOW, no access to the internet. Most people didn't take personal calls and on & on. Note: I am not speaking about those in IT, woot, etc. or whose jobs may be directly related to being active on the internet. Nor to those whose supervisors have given permission to do this. Also, for reference, I am speaking in the capacity of non-management, supervisor & manager.

Times have changed - I see that. My thinking is, as they say, "outdated." I can only imagine that productivity has diminished to a great degree. Sad to me.

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@notanaardvark: Thank you! That's what I was trying to say - whatever happened to that 'work ethic?' I wouldn't do well in today's environment. Whatever job I held, the worst thing to me was not having enough work to do. Hated that, & would look for something to do. Help others, etc.

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@gmwhit: In the old days when I'd completed my work I used to write poetry and short stories longhand, then later by typewriter. Once I grasp a task I am generally quite fast at it. I am carrying twice the workload of the same-titled person in my section, and she ends up working late and misses deadlines all the time. For example, these contracts I am writing don't need to be ready till September, I am doing them early. She has half as many, but will wait till August and then miss getting some completed on time. I'd take on more of her work, but I am retiring in two years and it will all be on her, so she has got to get a handle on it. There's one other worker in our department who is equally fast, she does crosswords and catalog shops much of the day. We get our work done fast and right, and help out others when there's a team-style task at hand. Our bosses are glad to have employees that get the work done so they pay no mind to the free time we end up with because of it.

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Really does depend on the day, and I'm not sure that I would really want to admit to it or not...honestly, a lot of my day is in meetings or conference calls, and then I do what some would consider not really work...some of the Internet stuff I do, I think I can justify though -- like reading tech articles about whatever...

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@moondrake: You're the kind of employee all companies need! Definitely not speaking to people such as you. Those whose supervisors know the amount of work they do, & give permission to do other things. (Poetry? Wow!) I guess what I'm saying is, it seems to be accepted & the norm to not do work.

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@gmwhit: Almost everything we do (except medical information) is subject to the public information act and can be requested by journalists at any time. Any non-work related use of the internet subjects one to dismissal, and it has happened a few times.

That's not the only reason I don't access Woot! or shop while at work, though. I feel that the hours when I'm getting paid belong to my employer.

I am jealous of those that can Woot! at work.

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@gmwhit: I've heard it said that there are two kinds of employees, those willing to work, and those willing to let them.

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Honestly, I work maybe 10-20% of my 8-hour shift here.. the other 6-hours I am Wooting/Googling/YouTubing/Walking around Target/Wal-Mart with my pager on... If the networks are up, I don't really have much to do. =/

And I'm Salary =/

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Some days 70% of my 8 hour day is non-productive (research topics, read news, ect). Some days I fit what should be a 100hr project into a 1 week timeframe. Someone else's lack of planning usually IS my emergency.

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Depends on how busy it is for work. But, also hard for me to say since I telecommute. So, my work day can be spread out through all waking hours.

But, I'd say on a "regular" day, of 9-5, I work for about 85% of it.

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@devexityspace: Sounds like you work as either a Network engineer or Sys Admin. Something I would definitely like to look into, any pointers?

OT: It is really variable for me, some days the only break I get is lunch, I would say the least amount I have spent working is 20%.

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@killerorca: I've had so many job titles since I've started working here (same job), I've gone from:

Tier 3 Systems & Networking Support
System Administrator
Microsoft Exchange Specialist
Network Engineer
Network Architect

I do it all. When people ask me what I do, I simply say IT Specialist (as it's a very generic title).

Most of what I do now though is watching the networks/systems (SolarWinds displays, and occasionally going into the routers/switches/firewalls/bluecoats/ironports/Call Managers/etc).

When there are no projects and everything is up; I just chillax.

Best pointer I can give is get into an entry level position (Tier1 or Tier2) and work your way up.. Every job you do pads your resume and knowledge bank. Don't ever get too comfortable in your position either.. because EVERY position gets boring after awhile (when you realize you've troubleshooted just about every scenario on the networks you work on, it's time to move up or move on)

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My work is scheduled and sometimes an unscheduled event is tossed in for fun, so I'd say 90-95% I'm working.

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That's about right. When we put together project plans, we plan on 5 or 6-hour work days knowing that the other amount of time is "wasted" on meetings and screwing around.

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you must be my boss who finally found my secret time-wasting website and posted this question. not much of a secret since my woot calendar hangs above my head on the column behind me.
so i'm obligated to say 100%!!

well played, boss. i mean, "spacezorro". i'll see you tomorrow

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I don't have a normal 9-5 job (I waitress), but during my shifts I have to say that I'm working 90-98% of the time. 90% on slower days, 98% of the time on busy days with the remainder 2% being water breaks and running to the bathroom between tables.

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It varies. Anywhere from 5% to 100%, and note that I'm counting a day as 24 hours, not seven. In general, I have a very high work ethic but don't give a crap about following a schedule or even being in my office unless I have a meeting.

It's a lower percentage during a woot-off or when something similar is going on. Much higher when I get into whatever it is I'm playing with.

For example, I worked about 15 hours (unpaid) over this past weekend because I was having fun (ie. learning something new) and it was less hassle for me to do the work during off hours than to have to schedule downtime (this falls under the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" rule, though I can easily argue that what I did technically didn't require full change management procedures. Besides, my boss was happy that I knocked off a bunch of stuff that needed doing and would have taken two weeks to accomplish had I followed procedures fully and done the work during regular hours).

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Depends on the day. I work at a small town hotel desk. The boss is really cool about letting use my PC behind the desk because she knows things slow down a lot between customers at times. When I work Night shift I would say between 30-50% is time for net surfing and for graveyard, about 70% time is free for the nets including about 50% slow enough to play online games like TF2.