Ever busted for sneaking out early on Friday?

It's Friday. Summer. None of you wanna be there at work.

What's the protocol for sneaking out a little early on a summer Friday, maybe right after lunch? If the boss is gone, is it doable? Or just too damn risky?

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Aug 10, 2018

When I do, which is rare, it's justified because my boss leaves work anytime during the week to play tennis or golf lol - so today I plan on bouncing at 12 pm (3 minutes). He didn't even come in today!

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Aug 10, 2018

What industry are you in lol

Aug 10, 2018
theaccountingmajor:

What industry are you in lol

Real estate development/investment. It's not even him, pretty much all the executives leave whenever...coming from finance it was a shock, but nice to see

Aug 10, 2018

So you don't have to worry about him calling you to "check in?" Or if he found out you left early, would he care? In other words, do you have to rely on your leaving being a secret? (You probably won't answer this because it's after 12:00... enjoy the weekend!)

Aug 10, 2018
MichaelScarn:

So you don't have to worry about him calling you to "check in?" Or if he found out you left early, would he care? In other words, do you have to rely on your leaving being a secret? (You probably won't answer this because it's after 12:00... enjoy the weekend!)

Nah he's cool, he gets it - he is a happy family man, not a work-a-holic

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Aug 10, 2018

At my previous job I would regularly leave at 1-3 and "work from home" (sometimes I'd actually work) the rest of the day. I already miss that.

Aug 10, 2018

So why can't you do that now? Just not the norm at your firm?

Aug 10, 2018

Different type of job. Unfortunately tied to the desk now (for the most part).

Aug 14, 2018

My last job was similar. We had a large department, so it was hard to tell who was where at any given time. About 3 of us worked it out to periodically leave early and the other 2 would cover anything that came up for the one who left. Only once I can remember that I had to come back in after leaving like that.

I changed companies just over a year ago and it's a much smaller department. But a better company / position. So I dont mind working my regular hours.

Aug 10, 2018

My boss is usually around because he works too much. But any day he isn't (working remote, travel, on vacation), I know I can generally just not come in that day. I usually need to "work from home", though, because we have Skype with the little colors saying whether you're online or not. People don't have to look for you, they just know you're either there or not, all the time.

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Aug 10, 2018

Big Brother...

Aug 10, 2018

i think the solution to that is just not be online in skype for several days before hand. if theyve seen you at work e.g. 1-2 days ago but it says youve been offline 2 weeks they know its cos youre not logged in not because not working.

alternatively, cant you set it to always show as online / available? or maybe book all day meeting so it always shows you as busy even if not at laptop

Aug 10, 2018
moneytrail:

i think the solution to that is just not be online in skype for several days before hand. if theyve seen you at work e.g. 1-2 days ago but it says youve been offline 2 weeks they know its cos youre not logged in not because not working.

alternatively, cant you set it to always show as online / available? or maybe book all day meeting so it always shows you as busy even if not at laptop

As far as I can tell, "available" is a function of being logged-on and actively using your computer. If I step away, turn away from my screen, or put my head down reading/writing something physical on my desk, it will go to "away" automatically.

And, per your first comment, maybe this'll work. But, if my boss is working he always chats with me. And, if he's gone for a week, I might take on more of a load and be needed by more people. It's hard to just set it to offline, because I feel like someone will look for me.

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Aug 14, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

Check to see if you can get Skype for Business on your phone. I do, and so when I'm remote I just make sure I have those notifications on, I can ping back and forth and do a lot of blocking/tackling work via a text now.

Aug 15, 2018
2trickpony:

Check to see if you can get Skype for Business on your phone. I do, and so when I'm remote I just make sure I have those notifications on, I can ping back and forth and do a lot of blocking/tackling work via a text now.

This is helpful. Will do if I'm going seriously mobile when boss is out.

Aug 10, 2018

I can usually leave on Friday by 3ish at the earliest, 2 if I had balls and didn't think anybody would notice me gone. My boss and coworker on our team are either off or work a half day on Friday so its a very independent day for me. Perks of an institutional investor.

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hell, half the days I don't even show up at the office. As long as you're getting stuff done, no one honestly cares. Just show up for the meetings and make sure you're participating in on-call.

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Aug 10, 2018

if i get out before 7:30pm i feel like a kid who just robbed a candy store

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Aug 14, 2018

I remember getting out at 9pm on a Friday as a first year analyst and being overcome with jubilee, because I had time to catch a movie. If my memory serves me correctly, I even posted a FB status about it being Christmas.

Always respect the grind, because she will always be there for you at any and all times - even when you think you have no one else. She loves to whisper sweet nothings into your ear late at night... and into the early morning.

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Aug 10, 2018

Have seen people leave early (like 3pm) if things are really slow and MDs are not around. If you're getting your stuff done our group is pretty relaxed about the number of hours spent physically in office.

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Aug 10, 2018

Yea I leave @ 3pm on Saturdays, mind pming me your group i wouldnt mind lateraling lmao

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Aug 11, 2018

I "work from home" almost every Friday which means for most of the time, I just baby sit my laptop lmao. Feels good to be a top performer and not have to work the 5 full days unless its needed; I usually know what I need to get done so I try to make sure my Friday's are chill. If I actually go into the office on Friday, I usually leave by 4:45pm. My boss is always gone before me because we have flex work schedules so I can come in later.

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Aug 17, 2018
BBDreamin:

I "work from home" almost every Friday which means for most of the time, I just baby sit my laptop lmao.

This.

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Aug 17, 2018

Ditto. Monday and Tuesday are long for me, usually 8 am to 10 pm. I fill my hours early in the week so i can enjoy the weekend

Aug 11, 2018

When I used to work office, didn't sneak out at all. Would just walk out.
It's no surprise I don't last long in a structured environment.

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Aug 14, 2018

Usually keep the "drop coat" at my desk and another personal item (water bottle, etc) so if anyone important comes around it can still look like I just stepped away

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Aug 15, 2018

Pay the janitor to periodically drink your water to make your fake-presence that much more credible.

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Aug 15, 2018

Usually when people do this it's obvious that they paid the janitor to take sips because janitors take bigger sips than bankers.

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Aug 15, 2018

Never "busted" because it's not a thing. I cringe at the idea of working for a place that has rigid hours, absurd facetime requirements, and 24/7 on-call via phone and email.

I come into the office whenever I want (usually anywhere between 7:30 and 9:30) and leave whenever I'm able to (usually anywhere between 4pm and 8pm, although if tee times are involved...). I will take calls after hours and answer emails if they're pressing, but if I don't, no one freaks out.

Work for a place that cares a lot more about if you get your work accomplished vs. if you're chained to your desk. Productivity should be key, not jerking off about how many hours you put in.

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Aug 15, 2018

Same..having 'done that' in most of my 20's working in rigorous PITA environments, I refuse to 1) work for a boss who has no family/life outside of work 2) stay in the office past 4:30-5PM period. I don't even think about what time I am where anymore. I know full well I still work way more than 40 hours a week no matter where I am. Yesterday I stopped working at 3PM but set up again at 10 and worked till 1am, because well it suited me yesterday. Flexibility is key.

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Aug 15, 2018

I used to have a boss who would travel a lot during the week and then come back into the office at like 3 PM on a Friday. Would expect me to stick around with him even if we had nothing to get out. It would piss me off to no end. I would usually let the really junior people leave around that time if he wasn't in and he'd get pissed at me. Some of the juniors left for this reason and I left shortly after, for a few more important reasons but this was definitely in the back of my mind as I gave notice.

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Aug 17, 2018

Unless there's an important deadline, management meeting, etc., most people are out of my office by 5:00 pm on Fridays. If you get shit done and deliver superb work regularly, no one cares/is going to judge you for leaving at 5 on a Friday. There's nothing better than working with wonderful, talented people and not having any annoying needle-dicked wankers or cunts in the office.

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Aug 17, 2018
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Aug 18, 2018
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No pain no game.