After five years of ‘doing nothing’, a man receives promotions and raises in pay

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A man described how he was paid for doing nothing for five years at his work. He even received promotions and pay raises as a result of his efforts.

After “doing nothing” at work for five years, a guy described how he took the phrase “work smarter, not harder” to work and was rewarded with promotions and raises.


In 2015, the man took a night shift data entry job. “It was a data entry role,” he explained on Reddit, “meaning I got an email with the specifics of an order and proceeded to input the information into our system.”


He knew he could utilize code to get the job done after the training. He hired a freelancer to write the code for him because he didn’t know how to code. He lost two months’ pay as a result of this.


All he had to do was provide input for how many orders he wanted to process per hour.

“I’ve been working from home since day one because the firm refused to pay for transportation or cleaning during the graveyard shift,” the man explained.

He went on to say, “For the first two years, I would check to see if there was anything the code couldn’t accomplish (which generally took less than 5 minutes) and then leave the computer running to watch movies, go to bed, and occasionally go out. Then I included those functions in the code.”


For his “amazing job,” he stated he was offered promotions several times. He received better employment offers, but he turned them down because “there was no need for me to leave where I was working.”


The man went on to say, “Some coworkers would strive to match my order input quota, forcing me to edit the code and modify an 8 to a 9 in order to enhance my production and stay on top. I would update the numbers on a regular basis “just in case,” but no one seemed to notice.”


He also received two pay hikes for avoiding taking vacations.

It took four years for his employers to design a programme to take his place. “I got my severance cheque a few weeks ago, and I was informed I could keep my laptop and office equipment, as well as apply for any job I wanted. I never told anyone about it in real life, not even my family, and even my wife had no idea what my position at the other company entailed. Now that it’s ended, it’s time to move on. There you have it, my deepest professional secret “he stated



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