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Poll: How Do You Deal With Downtime At Work?


What do you do when there’s downtime at work? Even if you work at one of the busiest companies in the country, there’s a good chance you’ve been in that situation where there’s literally nothing to do. You’ve tackled every task possible, you even finished the tasks you set for yourself, and you don’t want to bother your superiors.

Some of us have more downtime than we should in the workplace, but whatever the case may be, you can’t not work so what do you do?

Please take our poll and tell us what you think in the comment section below!

What do you do during downtime at work?

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Belen Chacon

Belen is a journalism graduate student at California State University, Northridge. She spends her time interning wherever she can and tweeting her heart out. You can follow her @journobelen.


  1. I’d love to see what other people are putting in ‘Other’. Personally it depending on how long my ‘down time’ is for…10 minutes I maybe catch up with colleagues and where possible those I don’t work closely with all the time,like in a different department. Longer and I might tackle something that I’ve noticed needed doing to make an improvement such as design a template, update a wiki, develop new course ideas or polish a course based on the last feedback (I deliver industry training), update my CV (I’m a consultant so this matters even when I’m not looking for a new employer) or do some self study by reading up on articles in my field (I’m a Business Analyst so anything IT or business….LOTS to read!). I’d usually check in with my boss first to see if there was any other higher priority work that needed doing first.

  2. Take advantage of any training or development programs your company offers. Once the pace picks up, you may find your new skill brings more interesting projects.

  3. I have downtime each day to the point of a half a day. I have tried to suggest new projects however the organization puts me down. I have gone to others for work and now I am told I am can’t do that either so I am stuck. Any suggestions. I honestly want to go to HR because even though I was hired through the company I still have a temp status and the boss and co workers treat me as such. I want out. The organization is one big silo effect.

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