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I typically start my workday ...

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There is no typical.
  1443 votes / 6%
Before 6 a.m.
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Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  6602 votes / 28%
Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  9767 votes / 41%
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  2130 votes / 9%
Between 5 p.m. and midnight
  294 votes / 1%
Between midnight and 5 a.m.
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What is a "workday"?
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  • by i kan reed (749298) on Monday June 16, 2014 @03:52PM (#47248465) Homepage Journal

    I show up and start slashdotting at 9 AM sharp.

    I do the few minutes of actual work that grinding cogs of bureaucracy allow to get done around noon.

    • by pr0fessor (1940368) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:56PM (#47248965)

      I get in a little before 8AM and if it's Monday, immediately deal with the rush of people who drank so much over the weekend they forgot how to do the most basic of tasks that they have been doing everyday for the last decade.

    • Are they hiring?
      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 16, 2014 @11:51PM (#47251815)

        Only if you have 30 years experience slashdotting. Otherwise they'll hire an H1B.

      • No, seriously, you don't want that. There's a lot of satisfaction to getting things done, and it's not an enjoyable situation.

      • by Opportunist (166417) on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @11:06AM (#47254425)

        Do you really want to work there? Do you really want to work for a company that cares more about the physical presence of their workers than their ability to do meaningful work?

        I told my crew that I don't give half a shit when they show up, when when they do, I expect them to be sober, awake and able to put in 100%. Of course that doesn't work when you're dealing with a lot of client interaction, but the little that we have works out great. Mostly 'cause everyone knows by now that, if you need a specific person, you better call somewhere in the afternoon. That offers you the best chances that they're all here. Of course I have to compromise in some areas, like, say, meetings anywhere outside the 1-3pm bracket are virtually impossible unless I announce them in advance, but the benefits offset that easily. I have a VERY motivated staff that enjoys working on their own hours instead of having to be in when they'd rather be sleeping. The office is staffed from 7am to about midnight without a single minute of overtime, so we can react to any kind of threat and we can do work that can only be done after everyone is gone without the need of overtime pay.

        It's just so win-win. The only problem we ever had was with the unions who don't like people working that late without "compensation". It was fun to watch employers and employees sitting on one side of the discussion and the union on the other end. Kinda makes you wonder who they represented in that case...

    • by RealRav (607677)
      So you're a network admin?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late. I use the side door - that way my boss can't see me, after that I just sort of space out for about an hour. I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

    • by Macgrrl (762836)

      I get to my desk around 7:30am, I might start actually working sometime after the 9:00 stand up. :) Maybe.

  • By the time I am actually "working" it is about 9 AM usually. I show up around 7:55AM every day and get a coffee and ease into work slowly. Once the coffee kicks in, I usually work pretty solid until lunch.
  • by Jarik C-Bol (894741) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:25PM (#47248709)
    I get to work around 5:30 A.M. most days. It is not a pleasant life.
    • by i kan reed (749298) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:43PM (#47248855) Homepage Journal

      Have you considered solutions to the stress that introduces in your life?

      I have heard numerous people had success with therapy, medication, office mass shootings, or just simple things like getting more exercise.

      What would work for you?

      • Why do I not have mod points! And none of the current responses seemed to catch exactly what you posted, they just go stuck on the first two options...
    • Cry me a river. My shift starts at 12a.
    • 5:30AM!? I just can't stay up that late these days...

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      While it's a little earlier than optimal, I would say that would be a great time to start work, provided you only work 8 hour days. First, you can completely avoid rush hour, unless you're in Toronto. Second, you get off around 1:30, which means that you got a whole lot of your day left where stores and services are still open, so if you need to do banking or go to the dentist, or go to pick up your car from the mechanic, you have plenty of time. Sure you have to go to be a little earlier than the averag
      • *provided you only work 8 hour days.* Those must be nice. It used to be like that. I think. Its been so long, I don't really remember.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    About two months ago I decided to be a stay at home dad and I don't consider this much joy to be work.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      I find it really odd, that every time I hear from a stay at home dad, they are raving about how much of a joy it is to stay at home with their kids, and how it's definitely a lot easier than work, while stay at home moms, my wife being one of them, constantly compare staying at home to a full time job, stating how much work it is to look after kids and the house all day.
  • 8:00AM (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rwise2112 (648849) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:29PM (#47248731)
    I show up at 8:00AM, so right between the 'Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.' and 'Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.' options.
    • Jesus, man, just pick the one that fits you most times. If you're usually early, pick the former, else pick the latter.

    • by s.petry (762400)

      You never hit traffic, or do you actually arrive early but then wait in the car until "at 8:00AM"? This would be "between 6:00 AM and 8:00" if that is the case.

      I used to work with a guy just like that. Would not start work until 8:00 on the dot, but he was in the parking lot at 7:30-7:45 on most days. At 11:25 he would start to clean up for lunch, at if he was done before 11:30 he stood at his desk and walked away at 11:30 sharp. Always back by about 12:25 and would wait to open back up until exactly 12

    • I show up at 8:00AM, so right between the 'Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.' and 'Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.' options.

      "Why isn't there anything just for me? Is that so selfish?"

      What an appropriate sig!

    • I show up at 8:00AM, so right between the 'Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.' and 'Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.' options.

      Don't get upset about the angry replies you are getting, because you are absolutely on the spot. We're nerds and should be precise about stuff like this, goddammit. If you generally try to arrive at 8:00am (minus/plus some minutes), the poll indeed makes it ambiguous to select between two choices.

      Mathematically, either one of the "8:00am"s should be a limes value to solve this problem.

      Or, another way to write it would be "After 6am and before 8am" and "After 8am and before 10am".

  • by chargersfan420 (1487195) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:51PM (#47248927)
    Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late. I use the side door, that way Lumbergh can't see me. Uh, and after that, I just sorta space out for about an hour.
    • by xaxa (988988)

      Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late. I use the side door, that way Lumbergh can't see me. Uh, and after that, I just sorta space out for about an hour.

      I tried that. Then my manager scheduled a meeting for 9:07, "because that's when you come in". Ah.

    • I am never late, nor early. I arrive precisely when I mean to.

  • by WalksOnDirt (704461) on Monday June 16, 2014 @04:58PM (#47248995)

    I used to show up at work before 6 and leave after 19. I only did this three days a week, though. It was totally at my discretion how I put in my 40 hours, but it was too long a drive to do it more often, and driving during rush hours was also not appealing.

    But since I am long retired, I chose the last option.

  • The standard come-in time for my office ranges from 6AM to 9AM depending on what department people work in. I shifted my down 30 minutes from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM because it matches my sleep schedule better and because sure enough someone is going to have an emergency at 5:05 PM at least once a week.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Current one is "get your work done, be available for emergencies at your customers' sites between 8A-5P your local time." (Which does *NOT* correspond to 8A-5P local time of my customers. My customers have a 3-hour variation, one end of which corresponds to my local time.)

    So as long as I am able to answer my cell phone at 8 AM, I'm good. That said, I do try to make it in to the office no later than 8:30 AM, simply because it is a lot easier to help my customers when they have an emergency while I'm in the

  • by tedgyz (515156) on Monday June 16, 2014 @05:25PM (#47249221) Homepage

    As a remote worker, my work day is stretched like taffy. I wake up at 6am and check for "Rome is burning" emails. After a cup of coffee I respond to emails from our offshore team. Real work starts around 8am and ends around 5pm. Email and other small tasks continue until 10pm bedtime. /. reading occurs intermittently from 6am to 10pm.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      "No matter where you go, there you are." -- Granny Lumpitt - 1972

  • 5:30 AM. most days.
    • by nullchar (446050)

      Scrub what, potatoes and carrots?

      What could possibly need scrubbing at 5:30 AM...

  • I quit my job that had me coming in at 6am and leaving at 6 pm then on call for the "off" hours and weekends. Now to be fair I really only had to be there for 8 hours a day, but there was just so much to do that you couldn't just put in your 8. Got a job with the government and now I work from 8:30am to 4:30pm with two 20 min coffee breaks and an hour for lunch. If you try to stay past 4:30 the manager throws you out and tells you it will wait until tomorrow.

  • by drGreg (153424)

    I work for an international company. When my alarm goes up, I roll over pick up the Blackberry and go through my messages from the previous night. It shows me what kind of day I'm going to have and whether I have time for breakfast before starting my day.

    • by vbraga (228124)

      I do the same... if there is a single message, it's the automatic check reporting it's all OK, but if the count is up.... it's going to be a shitty day.

  • I was hourly for a very long time. It was a long time before being at work at 7am agreed with me, but even though I'm now salaried and could be in later I still end up getting by 7am, sometimes earlier like now when I'm working a 4/10 schedule for the next couple of months.

    As a late teenager/early twentysomething getting up in the mornings was really, really awful. It's gotten easier in the last few years, even moreso once I got out of a position that I was miserable in and into ones more suited to my
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Means you never start today because you never finished yesterday, it just blends in to one big blur of work...

  • I've done my time ... used to work 7 to 5 or so, on call in the evenings and at weekends. That's fine (sort of) when you get paid for it, but I found (and still find) that management come to expect it. And resent it when you don't work the 60-hour week that they want you to, without pay.

    So ... I now work a standard day, take some calls and have the occasional late night. Still new at this job, so we'll see how it goes. Trick is not to get manager's expectations too high :)
  • I'm on a disability retirement. I "work" on my pet project when I feel like it. But even that is more hobby than work.

    Housework, now that's *work*. So is weeding the garden.

    And that's about all I do that I officially call "work" nowadays. :P :P :P

    How'd your Monday go? I slept in until 10AM. :P

  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @12:57AM (#47251999)

    I get in to the office nominally at 8, but usually get in a bit earlier, like 0740.

    Since I'm on Pacific time and almost everybody I deal with is on Central and Eastern time, I consider it a courtesy to them to be in the office promptly. At one time I had a job that got me over to Paris and Brussels quite a bit, but the "engineering" folks were the sort who rarely showed up in the office before 1000. This is getting kinda late in western Europe when you need to work with somebody to solve a problem. Since I was in the office earliest I took most of the calls from Europe, and, oddly enough, was the one invited to fly over and help them figure things out.


    • by xaxa (988988)

      I have a few friends working at multinationals here in the UK, who sometimes have to stay at work very late because developers in California refuse to come in to work before 10:00, or to have meetings before 12:00 (20:00 here). I thought it was rude and arrogant, and couldn't understand why it was tolerated.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I don't disagree with you. I'd rather go out of my way than inconvenience someone else. However, could it be that the bulk of the workforce was stationed around the pacific rim, thus it would be rude and arrogant to expect them all to change their habits for the handful of people off in the UK?

        I say this largely because I have found that the default thought is believing Americans are arrogant and rude even in the face of contrary evidence. For instance, some time ago I worked at a modest manufacturing firm

        • by xaxa (988988)

          I don't disagree with you. I'd rather go out of my way than inconvenience someone else. However, could it be that the bulk of the workforce was stationed around the pacific rim, thus it would be rude and arrogant to expect them all to change their habits for the handful of people off in the UK?

          I understand that to a point, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to ask that the staff in California (no matter how many there are in each location) are present at work at the normal American time of 9am.

      • by fatmal (920123)
        I was talking about timezones to a friend of a friend in Singapore, working there for an Investment Bank. 49.5%, and growing, of all revenue in the bank came from AsiaPac and this guy was saying that he couldn't wait till it ticked over the 50% mark - coz then the teleconferences are in my timezone!
  • I'm an academic. 97% soft money research. So my average start time is 11am, but the range is 8am to 1pm. And the work week is anything from 5 to 80 hours depending on where I am in the grant writing / actually doing shit cycle.

    • Bingo! I start anywhere between 10am and 1pm, depending on how I feel that morning. No alarm clock necessary. Unless shit gets hectic, then it's 9am-9pm or more plus weekends. Great freedom, brutal competition for money.
      • by spasm (79260)

        Yeah. I figure I may as well enjoy it while it lasts, because I don't expect to manage to keep 100% coverage in this economic climate for all that much longer.

    • by vuo (156163)
      I have to counter this with my opposite experience. I came to work at 9 or 9:30, and everyone thought I was lazy. Most seemed to come at 8-8:30, and some at 7:00. Notwithstanding that these people often left at around 14:00-15:30, so their working days had actually like 6-7 hours. I guess they felt good arriving early, and that gave them justification to leave earlier. It was already pretty quiet at 16:00 and dead at 17:00. My boss once even asked "Are you still here" at 17:00. I usually stayed at the offic
      • by spasm (79260)

        "People that get selected for studying towards higher degrees often are set in their ways, and are bewildered at any deviation"

        Ahh, you've met my department I see!

      • Had the same sort of experience working at a Headquarters for the military.

        There was this Lt. Colonel that would occasionally stand be the entrance recording and reporting on all the guys that arrived even one minute after 0800. Somehow never saw him at 1900 when those of us that were a bit late in the morning finally got to leave for the day, mostly because he was out the door at 1630 share.

        Definitely don't miss those types of idiots. Now is show up sometime between 0800 and 0900 and leave when the work i

  • Out of bed by 5:00, because Monday to Friday I am on-call for "the shit hits the fan" stuff at the office from 5:30. I then start doing actual work at 7:00. For weekends and vacations, I am on call from 07:00. And yes, I am paid a lot extra for being on call :) One of the benefits of unionization!

  • Start -> Day -> FeedHorse.exe
    Start -> Day -> Breakfast.exe
    Start -> Day -> Drive.exe
    Start -> Day -> Desk.exe
    Start -> Day -> WorkWhileEveryoneElseInMeetingsTalkingAboutWork.exe

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I wouldn't let anything with .exe at the end of its name look after my animals personally, but top marks for automation.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Depends on the timezone I'm at and the calibration of my watch.

  • I have kids.......*sigh*
  • My workday never ends. I have a laptop with me 24/7 and need to be reachable by cell phone. I get to the office around 8:00 AM, but I may have already been working on a problem for hours beforehand (Usually when our users in Europe break something).

  • But I make up for it by leaving early
  • Which timezone ? I'm starting around 6-7 am UTC, or 2-3 am EST. Or 8-9 local. But in my previous job I use to start at 07.30 am or 13.00 or 21.45, depending of the day.
  • I usually arrive between 9:30am and 10:00am...and typically stay until 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Most people in my office come in between 9:00am and 10:00am.

    I but don't sleep in late, my kid gets me up at 7am...I just hang out with him and read the news and chill a bit before leaving the house around 9:15am.

  • I start working before 06:00 CET in the morning and leave before 15:00 CET (and same for daylight savings).

    That AM/PM stuff that's used in the US is not working well in Europe.

  • ..But my current one is definitely my favorite.

    I get up at 6:30 AM, relax, and breathe a bit before getting ready. At 7:30 I bike to work, and walk in the doors at 7:45. I check for "holy shit" e-mails, then clock in around 7:55. Hour lunch. Leave at 5, and once I'm gone, I don't have to think about work.

    Plus, I make more money with this job than I have any other gig.

    Prior jobs include systems manager for a newspaper (on-call 24/7, and believe me, they called - plus I usually worked 7 AM to 7 PM, salaried),

  • For the Summer we work 7:30-5:30 M-T and 7:30-11:30 F
  • Here is a good example of stupid. My natural tendency is to start later in the morning and work most of the day, stop, then work until around 3am.

    Yet when I go to bed early and start work around 6am I am uber productive. Often noon rolls around and I have done at least a full day's work.

    On a side note I have learned to not surf anything until the end of my work day. This would include slashdot, reddit, etc. Not only are they time burners but I think some part of my brain is then spending the rest of th
  • I start at 10PM, and it's useful (especially in Arizona in the summertime) to avoid the worst things about the daytime. Some adaptation is required as well as intense sleep hygiene.
    • Which time zone?
    • Which planet?
  • Up at 5:30 for a 2-2.5 hour commute. Last half of the commute is when I start working because I'm on a train. Thank god I only have to work from the office 2-3x a week.
  • I'm retired. Usually, when there's a work-related poll, there's no option that fits me because there's that built-in assumption that the responder has a job. This time, the last option fits me exactly. It just goes to show that Slashdot gets it right once in a while, if only by chance.
  • I am currently working an evening shift (local time) handing over to the subcontinent, who then hand over to the USians.
  • Sometimes it's 10 am. Fridays it's 8 to 9 am. Next month it's 8 am.

    Define Typical.

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