When the bosses are out traveling the world, vacationing in Cancun, or going for a run, what do you do in the office? Keep working? Goof off? “When the cats away, the mice will play,” as the idiom goes. In this case, these guys opted to race over their cubicles, go office chair rowing, and race around the office in scooters… not exactly what I do, but whatever works.
There are many options here, and since there’s no one looking over your shoulder, it’s up to you to manage your time responsibly (or irresponsibly).
Either way, here are some of the best things to do when the boss is away.
1. Blast some music. No one is there to criticize your taste in music . No one’s there to hear you sing along. Start up iTunes, turn on the radio, open up Pandora or download Spotify, anything will do. When the boss is gone, its a perfect time to crank up the tunes and sing like there’s no tomorrow. Trust me, it will make you feel better.
2. Surf the web. Ah the internet. Vast and endless and full of random information, silly videos, and stuff you wish you never knew existed. There’s tons of ways to goof off when you’ve got the internet at your fingertips. Just make sure not to get too carried away. You might regret it.
3. Take an extended lunch break. Lunch break is you time. Time to decompress, relax, and stuff a quick meal in before you have to get back to work. Why not slow down a bit and take your time eating your mid-day meal. Extended lunch breaks are a great way to break up the day, and there’s no better time than when you’re boss is gone. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
4. Run personal errands. Since you’re all alone, it might be worth it to spend some of your time taking care of yourself. Pay some bills, get groceries, clean up, go to the bank. This is the perfect way to stay productive, or at least look productive, while avoiding work. If you’re lucky, your bosses will even let you run your errands when they’re around.
5. Actually do your work. Shocking! But actually, getting work done when the boss is gone is one of the best times. There are no distractions – just you and your work. This is when you can get the most done and feel the most accomplished. I find that I get the most done when I’m not being asked to do five things at once, and this only happens when the bosses are away. So get back to work! Plus, you’ll need to make up for all the things you didn’t do while the boss was gone…