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What to do at work when there's no work?

By md_hashim ·
OK - your management is waiting for the project to get the green signal - God knows when. You are advised patience whenever you question. There's lil said whenever you suggest training on the job.
What do you do? - Hashim

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by mcarlsonus In reply to What to do at work when t ...

...get down on your knees and thank the heavens above you still have a job!

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My mother always said...

by Cactus Pete In reply to What to do at work when t ...

"If you can't think of anything to do, clean."

It might not be 100% transferable to your job, but the idea is still there.

The good employee is proactive. You should have something in mind to do when there is no 'work' handed to you, or if you just need a break from the 'work' you were doing. Something that benefits you AND the company, and you look that much better to management.

Are you an administrator? Look into the logs. ALL of them. Look at performance statistics. Research new technologies - and how you might implement them in you company.

Are you project-oriented only? Do you know EVERY aspect of how your company does business? Do you even really know the business? What future projects might be appropriate that can save or MAKE money for the company?

As for training, come up with a cheap hands-on system. Perhaps you are thinking of learning [OS-type]. Get a box to test it on. Get a licensed copy for evaluation.

Check out seminars in your area.

Take vacation.

Can you "work from home" during this time?

When is the last time you checked in on your old projects?


There is always something to do - you have to want to not be lazy.

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do like i do

by clbizzaro In reply to My mother always said...

i take advantage of the bandwidth at work.

i installed flashget, and i continually search for online tutorials on every subject imaginable.

for example yesterday i found 30 pdf's for free covering everything from java basics to perl. added them right to my library.
then i moved on to the terminator3 trailer. then i found a new 3d app with a free 1 yr license.

it was a good days work. lol

im used to waiting, changes in directions, and the dreaded " project under review ".

i thinkits time for a walk!

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by The Young One In reply to My mother always said...

My Thoughts exactly....I only wish that I had that kind of time...

Research new technologies, look into pitfalls of your project under review and play one step ahead of the'll not only impress the **** out of your boss, but you'll get something useful done.

Just make sure your fixes aren't organisation specific, so that you can take them with you elsewhere...

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