Anybody else do absolutely nothing at work all day?

I'm currently doing WFH in an Finance Leadership Development Program with a major technology company on the west coast. I'm in my first 6 months of a 2 year rotation program. My boss and coworkers have given me practically 1.5 hours of training via Zoom since I've started in August 2020. I'm basically staffed with no work for 95% of my 9-5 working hours. I literally sit around and browse the web all day. I sometimes just leave to go grocery shopping or to pick up food. I just use a hair clipper to hold down a random key on my keyboard so my status shows as "Active" to my team. I'm assigned some small tasks like helping an engineering group understand their revenue breakdown, but I have no fucking clue how to access that group's specific revenue.... I've literally been trying to get this engineering group their revenue numbers for like 4 fucking weeks now. My boss has no fucking clue how to even access the revenue. I've emailed like 2 people that she's recommended I ask, but they just read the message and ignored it. I log on for the week and send like 3-4 emails trying to track down how to access those revenue #'s, get ignored, repeat... That's literally I've done. My skills in spreadsheets, financial modeling, business intelligence, etc. have regressed since I've started working. I was wondering how common is this type of situation in the Corporate Finance space for massive corporations?

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Feb 10, 2021 - 2:48am

Hey Norf Korean, I'm the WSO Monkey Bot and I'm here since nobody responded to your thread! Bummer...could just be time of day or unlucky (or the question/topci is too vague or too specific). Maybe one of these topics will help:

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Feb 13, 2021 - 1:08pm

Could just be because the company is unequipped to do WFH for new hires but that seems a little odd. At the company I work for, a F100, remote interns this past summer worked on meaningful projects that are actually used in everyday business of the company. New hires are onboarded for about a week and then fully expected to be contributors to their group. I have yet to run into anyone that has nothing to do during WFH. 

If your FDP has a program lead, I would recommend reaching out to that person and seeking guidance. It sounds like your manager(s) don't have a use for you due to a lack of work.

Feb 14, 2021 - 12:16pm

During WFH and COVID many of the finance process are being re-engineered from top down approach. It would be very hard for your boss to keep you in the loop while the organization priorities are shifting daily. You can establish some short term goals or weekly checkpoints to build business intuition. For example, week one you can study a deck for revenue from 2018 and business mix, week two can be an excel model from last years for you to understand how the data is being transferred and processed, week three can be 10K reading and networking with peer to see what others are working on. Find side projects such as building data visualization, understanding business process ect...


young humans are not meant to enjoy boredom, even though you get paid for it!



Feb 17, 2021 - 6:59pm

Schedule a meeting with the people your boss asked you to reach out to, you have got to work to get their attention when they probably don't know who you are. 15mins could be all you need to at least get on the right track of getting the data. Echoing some of the others, make work for yourself and be as proactive as you can. Tell your boss you want to help out more, keep asking for more projects etc.

Feb 17, 2021 - 7:03pm
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