An IT employee for automating his entire job and spending his work day playing video games is going viral in a popular internet forum.
In a viral thread posted to Reddit’s popular r/antiwork subreddit, an anonymous Redditor said he works in the IT department at a small law firm, and has spent nearly every day since the start of the global pandemic that they want. Title, “I Automated My Job A Year Ago And Didn’t Tell Anyone,” Viral Thread Nearly 56,000 votes and over 3,300 comments have been received in just six hours.
In his original post, the unnamed IT employee said he handles all the digital evidence his employer uses during testing and requested to work from home when COVID arrived. Within a week of working from home, the Redditor said he wrote, debugged, and completed a simple script for him to do all his work.
Since implementing the script, the Redditor said that his work day has completely changed.
“I look at the clock every day, play video games or whatever, and at the end of the day I look at the logs to make sure everything runs smoothly…” I only sit at my desk. I’m probably 10 minutes a day.”
A Google search will reveal a number of articles and studies examining the impact of COVID on work and the impact of the global pandemic on what work will look like going forward.
At the end of 2020, pew research center reported that 71 percent of American workers who were able to work from home were doing just that. As a result of widespread vaccination efforts ( Mayo Clinic Reporting that, as of January 11, 62.6 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID) and after positive COVID tests have eased CDC guidelines for quarantine times, office buildings are filling back up.
Despite the emphasis on returning to the office, many workers across the country have expressed their desire to continue working from home. Pew reports that, in December 2020, 54 percent of surveyed employees wanted to continue working from home rather than return to the office.
in a report published by McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm said they analyzed the potential for continuous remote work across 2,000 jobs across 800 businesses in eight focus countries. Per the report, McKinsey found that about 20 and 25 percent of the workforce in advanced economies can work from home between three and five days per week — aka “four to five times more remote work than before the pandemic.” “
Although the pandemic revolutionized work-from-home capabilities, it allowed smarter employees to maximize their free time and minimize their workload.
In a viral Reddit post, the unnamed IT employee explained that he initially felt guilty for writing a script to do his job, but eventually concluded that the situation was symbiotic.
“For a while I felt guilty, like I was disbanding the law firm, but eventually I convinced myself that as long as everyone was happy and there was no harm, I was doing what they told me to do. was hired to do,” he wrote. “All the work is done on time, and I get a chance to enjoy my life. Everyone involved wins.”
In the post’s top comment, which garnered 14,700 votes, Redditor u/BlobTheBuilderz reimagined job automation, and provided a fresh perspective on the original poster’s work hack.
“Think of your pay as a subscription service to your automation program,” he wrote. “Big companies love subscription services, don’t they?”
Redditor u/StrugglingStressBall, who acknowledged the viral Reddit post is an example of a bigger trend, said the original post was informative and could potentially influence their next employment decision.
He wrote, “I feel like all posts like this one teach me I need to 1.) learn how to code and 2.) find a scheduled back office job.
While many Redditors were impressed by the original poster’s tech savvy, others boasted of her ability to skirt around traditional work hours and expectations. Telling the anonymous IT employee that his story fits perfectly within the r/antiwork subreddit’s broader message of making the most of a ‘work-free’ life, Redditor u/precsenz commended him for his ingenuity.
“Legend,” he remarked. “It’s antithetical to doing the right thing. You’re providing the exact services you need, and they’re paying for said services.”
“Well done, I clap for you,” he said.