This user tried her best to get tasks that needed to be done. But her company and supervisor seem to have forgotten she exists!
The Best Working Scenario
OP (Original Poster) was hired by a large company in another state with around 700 employees in total. She got a remote job position around two and a half months before this story was posted.
She said, “Higher pay, more responsibility—standard stuff.”
Paid for Her Existence
However, the problem is that it’s been two and a half months, and the company has given her “nothing to do!”
There was no onboarding apart from a 30-minute session with HR on her first day of work. OP also had no “meet and greets” with anyone on the team.
One on One
The only person she knew was her direct supervisor—her boss—whom she had two meetings with. Aside from this, the only things she got from this meeting were her supervisor’s rants about “how bad things were before she worked in the company” and that OP was “meant to shadow” her.
After these two meetings with her boss, OP got looped in and CC’d in many emails, but there were no “action items” for her or any requests.
OP had been trying her best to get someone to give her work. In fact, she’d asked for help “several times.”
She shared, “Examples include, ‘Is anything needed from me on this?’ ‘Do you have a resource for this so I can learn more?’ ‘My schedule is pretty light. Is there a time we can connect because I’m ready to jump in?’ I have also emailed HR asking for any ‘additional onboarding or training that I am missing since I had a very brief 30-minute onboarding but am sure there are further tasks to be done.’”
More Efforts Gone Unnoticed
Apart from this, OP explained that she had “breezed through” their website and training for the company in the first few days and even checked out YouTube for more information. However, there was “nothing” for her department regarding SOPs, training, resources, and more.
She shared, “It’s been a one-person department for a while—my supervisor—so not much seems to be written down.”
OP was confused by the fact that no training or onboarding videos were available for her. So, she even signed up for a webinar to learn how to use her company’s database.
Sadly, she didn’t have the password to access anything. OP wrote, “I have found links to things referenced—current projects, for example—but access is behind digital security barriers no one has set me up on.”
Because of this, OP tried to get her supervisor’s–and even IT’s—attention.
She wrote, “I’ve asked my direct supervisor twice and my IT once, and none have been responded to. I tried to find things for a while—reading old reports, for example—but that only lasts so long.”
No Other Option
OP also said it wasn’t even possible for her to reach out to any other colleague apart from her supervisor.
In one of the comments, she said, “It’s a large organization of 700-plus, but my team is really small. So, it’d be just like cold messaging and saying, “Hey! Are we supposed to work together?”
A Position for an Experienced Employee
She also explained that she was hired in a mid-level employee position. This means she had to have 10 to 15 years of experience with advanced degrees.
OP added, “So this is not a junior or entry-level.”
So Close to Giving Up
Four weeks have already passed since OP attempted to get additional onboarding or training from her supervisor, and there hasn’t been a single response since then.
The week this story was posted, OP had had enough and had stopped trying.
Left with literally nothing else left to do and tired of trying to fill her time with work-related things that don’t seem to add any value, OP’s had enough.
The week this story was posted, she just did things for herself. She shared, “I did some food prep, cleaned my house, planted some flowers, etc., and unsurprisingly, no one noticed.”
Is It My Fault?
Now OP’s questioning whether she’s obligated to bring this issue to anyone’s attention or if she should just “hang out.”
She added, “Three days in, I asked about things to do and was told, ‘We’ll schedule an orientation soon,’ but that was two-plus months ago now.”
Though she wasn’t doing anything, OP was still getting paid. She’s salaried, and there was no billing time; she also didn’t need to submit timesheets unless she took a sick day or some vacation days.
She asked, “Realistically, how long can I just f*** around and collect a check? Could I get fired if they find out I’m doing nothing if they gave me nothing to do and trained me on nothing?”
For users, OP wasn’t doing anything wrong. In fact, it’s her company’s fault if they’re wasting valuable time, effort, and money.
A top commenter wrote, “You’re employed. You’ve sold your labor to them. It’s their job to manage their assets, which includes your labor hours. Kinda like if you buy a car but never drive it. It’s not the car’s fault if it sits there and does nothing.”
“OP is, every day, selling their labor and time to a company. That’s the end. Whether they spend their day in a mine shaft jerking off or sunbathing, the labor is being sold. Enjoy it, OP. You’ve found a loophole in the means of production,” commented another user.
Looking at Things Long-Term
Others think that if OP wants to keep her job in the long run, the best way to go about things is to bring the issue up to her employers.
A Redditor said, “From a purely logical point of view, yes. But if OP does care about keeping the job long-term, having the ‘no one gave me any work’ excuse won’t go far with most employers; they’ll just say, ‘And you took that as enough reason to do nothing?’ Unfair as it is, if OP wants to keep the job, then they probably need to push even harder to be assigned a greater workload so that they don’t seem lazy and unmotivated enough to do nothing for months when they hit the first barrier or excuse that isn’t their fault. If they don’t care, then screw it. Do nothing, collect a second paycheck, whatever is fine.”
A woman then shared, “I have done this for nine months in a toxic company. Finally, HR reached out to me and said, ‘This is highly unprofessional, and we will be terminating you, and we are expecting your resignation by the end of the day.’ I said, ‘You can fire me, but I won’t quit.”
Make the Best Out of It!
Some Redditors then pointed out that OP could be fired for any and all sorts of reasons. So, the best course of action here might be to take her checks as long as she can and then try to find another job that would give her better benefits!
A man wrote, “You can get fired for any reason or no reason at all. Keep collecting the check and look for other jobs.”
What do you think OP should do? Is it ethical to keep accepting checks even if she isn’t doing anything?
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