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FML - The follow-up
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Hi guys I am the original poster but I don't know how to get back into my other account. Anway, this has fulfilled my middle school dream of being published on FML! FYI I am 19 years old and home for the summer from college. I fill in as a secretary as at accounting office because it is usually dead in the summer. They basically pay me to sit up front and answer the phone but I do have to do other things like get the mail, shred paper, file a few things, etc. It is a pretty laid back place and t
By mdimanzy - / Monday 6 June 2016 20:20 / United States - Tucson
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You do realize how horrible such jobs are? You are bored, you feel like you are doing nothing because you are just sitting there waiting and you want to be usefull by doing some other things.

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In fact, I do realize that kind of job can be boring. What YOU need to realize is that my comment was only half serious. Still, however dull a task is, when answering to superiors, what matters is the end result - in this case, all phone calls missed when that was her only job.

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Haha, #24, thanks for spotting that, I don't know how I missed it! I can assure you that it's just a typo and that, despite the fact that English is not my first language, I do know the difference between 'were' and 'where'. I don't mind that you pointed it out, but you should check your own comment for mistakes - it takes away from the effect you must have wanted to make.

If I had to sit there all day waiting for someone to call I'd be bored out of my mind. I have the same luck, people always call when it's not a good time (meeting, eating, bathroom). It's like your body knows and gets you to do something else.

I like how everyone's getting on at OP for trying to use otherwise wasted time productively. I mean, if someone's been sat at a desk all day and the phone hasn't rang at all what would their boss say? Good job? More likely they'd get a warning or something. And who's to say a superior didn't ask them to do the other tasks? I know OP didn't specify but still. Would any of you want to pay someone to sit around and do nothing all day?

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OP never said what kind of business this was. Those 3 missed calls could represent a million dollars in lost sales for all we know. If your business sells luxury cars then yes, you hire someone to answer the phone and nothing else, even when there are only 3 calls.

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Frankly I think we need OP's input on this to determine whether they were in the right or wrong to do the other tasks. From my point of view OP was either using initiative or was likely asked to do the other tasks by a superior (assides from the bathroom break) neither of which should be frowned upon

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If answering the phone is so important to a company, they would hire more than one person. Obviously you pay someone to (between other things) answer the phone. But more obvious is that, this very person might have to leave the post sometimes (may it be only to go to the toilets). Anyway, in my office, for every missed call we have to call back, so we can avoid any comercial loss.

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I'm assuming you've never had a boring job. If OP's only job is literally to answer a phone that rings 3 times in an 8 hour period, she/he most likely did the other things as a way to keep her sanity...

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I had a job exactly like that. I told the boss I as bored and asked for other work and we set up some other stuff for me to do where I could stay within reach of the phone. When there was no other work to keep me busy, I watched videos and played games on the computer - with his permission, because answering the phone was more important to him than shredding some paper or getting the mail.

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